After the concern expressed by Mr. Mcmillan during his recent visit to Northern Ireland, regarding?
After the concern expressed by Mr. Mcmillan during his recent visit to Northern Ireland, regarding the activities of the I.R.A. and the extensive damage that they have been causing, there has been considerable tightening up of security measures by both the R.U.C. and the Civic Guards (Gardai) but more especially by the Gardai.
The Garda (Police) Commissioner, Mr. Costigan, was instructed by Mr. de Valera to intensify the existing security system along the Border. The Commissioner then carried out an extensive survey of the Border areas, paying particular attention to the more troubled spots, and discussing with the local officers the particular problems that they were faced with in their respective sections.
The type of country makes their job very difficult, as there are a lot of heavily wooded and mountainous sections and these are highly favoured by the I.R.A. in their operations - making a fast get-away comparatively simple.
The Commissioner has increased the strength of the Gardai stations in the various Border towns by a considerable amount - as an example, a station that previously held four officers is now manned by fifteen Gardai, enabling them to keep a continual check on all movements of the local people and transport.
Movement of vehicles across the Border has already been severely restricted by the R.U.C. who have blown up bridge, the road itself, and have spiked (a series of sections of railway lines embedded in the road surface) at least 146 cross-border roads. This leaves 15 roads, main - secondary - link - farm track, which may be used for vehicular traffic.