Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne says the Government needs to seriously up its efforts on ensuring the Gardaí are adequately equipped to tackle crime in Wexford.

Deputy Browne made the comments after obtaining new information which shows that 4 Garda stations in Wexford do not have access to the PULSE computer system.

Deputy Browne said, “Fine Gael have insisted that they are serious about tackling crime, but the reality is that they have failed to ensure the Gardaí are adequately equipped. New information obtained by Fianna Fáil shows that 4 Garda stations in Wexford do not even have broadband, let alone access to the PULSE computer system.

“This means Gardaí based in these stations have to rely on their colleagues elsewhere to get the information that they need to investigate crime and monitor suspicious activity. It’s well acknowledged that every minute matters when it comes to investigating and responding to incidents of crime. The fact that Gardaí have to rely on a middleman at times to get basic information means that their ability to respond to crime is hampered.

“It’s astounding that in this day and age we still have 77 Garda stations across the country which still do not have access to the PULSE computer system. It’s a shocking indictment of the way Fine Gael have treated Gardaí while in office. They have persistently failed to invest in basic infrastructure that the Gardaí need to protect communities.

“It’s 2018. The discussion should be focused on ensuring every Garda vehicle has access to PULSE, as is commonplace in police forces across the developed world. Instead we are still trying to get all Garda stations connected to broadband and the PULSE computer system. Fine Gael really need to get to grips with this issue. How can we expect Gardaí to deal with rural crime if we fail to give them the tools they need to do so?”