January 24, 2019 / 11:33 AM / 6 months ago

Irish police says no plans to move officers to guard border

FILE PHOTO: Newly appointed Garda Commissioner Drew Harris speaks during an introductory press briefing at Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The chief of the Irish police dismissed on Thursday as “entirely incorrect” a newspaper report that 600 Irish police officers could be deployed to guard the border with British-run Northern Ireland if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal.

“Reports of 600 Gardaí to be moved to the border are entirely incorrect. I have not discussed this matter, neither have I considered this proposal,” Commissioner Drew Harris said in a statement following the report in the Irish Independent newspaper.

“The increasing deployment of Gardaí (police) to all policing regions including the northern region is commensurate with a growing organisation. We continue to prepare for Brexit in line with government policy”.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Gareth Jones

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