Updated: 29/11/17 : 05:59:10
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No budget left for garda overtime in run up to Christmas

Overtime for Gardai in major urban centres has been cancelled between now and Christmas, it has emerged last night.

It is understood the budget for the year has been exhausted and overtime for Gardai has been cancelled as a result.

Media reports suggest that in Cork and Dublin senior officers have been instructed to cease sanctioning overtime, effective from Tuesday.

Sinn Fein tonight slammed the reports as ’disgraceful’ saying the issue must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

The party’s spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire went on to say the ban was something which should be addressed immediately.

“The Christmas period is now upon us, and is an extremely busy time for Gardaí nationwide, particularly those posted in larger cities and towns.

The Garda Representative Association said it's astonished by the statement and insists it is not possible to police the state without overtime

It's president, Ciaran O'Neill has described it as creating an 'open door to criminals' in the run up to Christmas.

The announcement by the Assistant Commissioner in charge of policing Dublin that no more overtime was to be paid for the rest of this year has raised major concerns among Gardaí at all ranks.

Senior officers say the decision has major implications for policing in relation to local feuds in Finglas and Blanchardstown, for security operations in relation to cash in transit escorts and retail takings and for public order and roads policing in the run up to the Christmas drink driving campaign.

One Chief Superintendent in Dublin told his managers he's considering cancelling all training and decommissioning burglary units.