Deputy Smyth was commenting as information was released to Fianna Fáil on the total number of stations across the countries that are still not connected.
This is an issue I have been raising for some time with the Minister for Justice, and it is really disappointing that more progress has not been made. It seems to me that rural counties are forgotten about when it comes to rolling out necessary technology.
“There are 111 Garda stations across the country, based on the latest PQ received by Fianna Fáil, that are currently not connected but that number is like Easter –a movable feast depending on who answers.
“How can it be that in this day and age members of An Garda Síochána could be expected to police or operate without basic access to an ICT system or the PULSE system? It is not possible for Gardaí to perform their duties effectively if they do not have high speed consistent access to the internet. It is totally unacceptable.
“Bearing in mind, the low levels of Gardaí on the beat in the Cavan and Monaghan area, it is shocking that we still have Gardaí not able to check records in their own station,” concluded Smyth.