No internet at almost 300 police stations in the Irish Republic

Garda station
Image caption Almost 300 Garda stations have no internet or email access

Almost 300 of the 703 police stations in the Irish Republic have no internet or email access, it has emerged.

The figures were contained in a reply to a parliamentary question by Fianna Fail justice spokesperson Dara Calleary.

Irish Justice minister Alan Shatter said that even though not all stations were networked, they could all use "secure voice communications" to carry out operational requirements.

The Department of Justice and Equality said that the provision of information technology facilities was an operational matter for the Garda commissioner and not for the minister for justice.

It added that this was the position throughout 14 years of the Fianna Fail-led government and remained so today.