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Presentation to Garda Mounted Unit Ferdia

Presentation to Garda Mounted Unit Ferdia

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Following a feasibility study, the Government approved the establishment of a Garda Mounted Unit that commenced operations in May 1998. Since that time the unit has carried out patrols nationwide in support of regional requirements and policing initiatives.

Mayor Jim Daly attended at the presentation of " Ferdia " when the Square Management Company presented the Irish Draught Horse to the Garda Mounted Unit.

Also pictured Minister Michael McDowell Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Garda Commissioner Pat Byrne and Eamon Furlong Director of the Square Management Company.

The profile of a Garda on horseback is ideal for high visibility in both crime prevention and detection. International stats give credence to the belief that one Mounted Police Officer is equivalent to five or six officers on the beat.

Ferdia is a chestnut six year old Irish Draught Gelding standing 17 hands high. He is names for the mythical Irish warrior from the Tuatha De Danann. The name was chosen by Donall O Clonaoith from Scoil Cathleen Maude, Knockmore , Tallaght Dn 24.

Issued on behalf of the Council by Michael Keyes Head of Corporate Services Tel 4149000

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