1,800 more Gardaí are to be deployed to the front-line by 2021, as part of radical changes to the way the force operates.
800 additional members are being recruited, while 1,000 existing Gardaí are to be reassigned to frontline duties.
The number of Garda divisions is being reduced from 28 to 19, while the number of regions will go from 6 to 4, in what the force is promising will lead to more localised, meaningful services in communities.
Commissioner Drew Harris is rejecting claims by the Association of Garda Superintendents that the reforms could leave rural areas without enough Gardaí:
The creation of a Garda “superdivision” of Cavan, Monaghan and Louth has received a mixed response.
The new operating model has been criticised by Garda associations for being published without consultation.
The Policing Authority believes the new structure of An Garda Siochana represents a clear future direction for the organisation.
James Morrisroe, the local representative of the Garda Representative Association is cautiously welcoming the move, but there is a concern at how resources could be stretched along border.
He said previous restructuring initiatives didn’t work.
Monaghan Superintendent Noel Cunningham said one-fifth of superintendents won’t be needed under the new plan.
He told Northern Sound that members of the Association of Garda Superintendents are concerned what the future holds for them.
The regional restructure is to begin on Monday, with the reduction in divisions to be done on a phased basis and implemented throughout 2020.