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YFG Vote to Reinstate Sub-machine Guns for Authorised Armed Detectives - News - Young Fine Gael

YFG Vote to Reinstate Sub-machine Guns for Authorised Armed Detectives

Young Fine Gael this weekend voted in favour of a motion calling for reinstatement of
the sub-machine gun for armed detectives.

Speaking proposing the motion, Richard Looby, member from West Waterford and UCD YFG branches said: "Last year, due to budget cuts, not for safety reasons, the Garda Commissioner took away the Uzi sub machine gun which has been used by Authorised Garda Detectivesfor the past 40 years, particularly when policing on cash escorts and at checkpoints. YFG is advocating that these Uzi sub machine guns (SMG) or any other SMG which would meet the Garda force's requirements be reintroduced as detectives are now only armed with ordinary handguns, which are inadequate for dealing with the criminals they face. Dealing with today's criminal world, Garda Detectives report that they are being outgunned by criminals who are importing more powerful weapons from Eastern Europe."

"The Gardaí representative associations - the GRA and AGSI - have said their membersfeel their lives are in significantly more danger now, as they are no longer armed sufficiently on cash escorts and at checkpoints. We should ensure that any authorised and trained Garda Detectives dealing with armed dangerous criminals are armed sufficiently to ensure minimum risk to their lives," Richard Looby concluded.

Seconding the motion, Malachy Scott, member from Tipperary South and UCD YFG branches said: "Arming detectives properly will not mean easy access to weapons for children. It will not mean that innocent people will be shot every week. It will, however, mean we bring this police force into the 21st century. For too long, the fight between the law and criminal gangs has been a mis-match. With this motion we can level the playing field.

Speaking on the issue, Frank Mulqueen, YFG National Executive member and member of Limerick YFG said: "While trust is strong between Gardaí and ordinary members of society, it is no longer honoured by the criminal and paramilitary elements that still persist in Ireland despite the utter rejection of their subversive intentions by ordinary hard-working people. The thrust of the motion is that we need an adequately armed set of detectives who have the means to defend themselves from aggressors against the state. Some of these aggressors, as we have seen over and over again, hold no fear or moral qualms about murder as a tool to achieve their goals. Reinstating the SMGs the Gardaí have used for 40 years will be essential to ensuring our Gardaí are properly equipped to protect Irish society."

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