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Fifth of Republic's police stations have no internet connection

By Gordon Deegan

Almost a fifth of the Republic's Garda stations don't have an internet connection.

It means 111 of its 564 stations are unable to access the force's online information services, including the PULSE computer system.

Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said internet connectivity for 34 of the stations was nearing completion under the Garda's modernisation and renewal programme.

In response to a Dail question from Fianna Fail's justice spokesman, Jim O'Callagahan, Mr Flanagan said the 111 stations are unable to access PULSE.

"However, any member attached to a currently unconnected station can access PULSE at their local district station. Members in non-networked locations can also contact the Garda Information Services Centre (GISC) or an associated networked station if required," he said.

Mr Flanagan said gardai are at the early stages of planning for the connection of another 12 stations, and "this work is due to be completed before the end of 2018".

He said gardai are engaged "in planning connectivity solutions for the remaining 65 stations".

He said as part of the modernisation programme, €342m is being invested in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021.

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