On RTÉ’Radio One’s Today with Claire Byrne.
Further to scenes of students in Galway not social distancing….
Ms Byrne had this exchange with Fianna Fáil Senator Ollie Crowe (above).
Claire Byrne: “You have said today that it’s time to start thinking about putting the army boots on the street to sort this out.”
Ollie Crowe: “Well, Claire, you know I’m from the inner city myself and what I would say at this stage is that you know the gardai are under enormous pressure, they’ve a very challenging job on their hands in Galway. And particularly, you know, in the last, as you’re well aware, it’s Fresher’s Week here in Galway and there’s huge challenges in Galway and other cities.
And I think it’s appropriate for Government, you know, to examine how we can allocate additional resources to the gardai. As an army town here in Galway, we have the barracks in Renmore and I’ve no doubt that the officers, you know, stationed there, would be willing to pitch in and assist the gardai if that was required.”
Byrne: “It’s a serious move, putting an army on the streets?”
Crowe: “Well, look it, as I said, you know I was in touch with the gardai on Sunday night also, and last night. And look it, what I am calling on and what I will be relating to my colleagues is that they, the gardai supported this juncture, you know, they really, really, are under-resourced in Galway with Fresher’s Week and with students coming back…”
Earlier: Looking Fresh
Can someone please explain the difference, in terms of Coronavirus spread, between the Spanish Arch gathering (yes, it shouldn’t have happened) last night and, a similar gathering of secondary school students in a schoolyard? (something which occurs on a daily basis).
— Roman Shortall (@RomanShortall) September 29, 2020