€2.5m shoe makeover for gardaí

A MONAGHAN company has been entrusted with the task of ensuring poor footwear will not make gardaí appear like ‘PC plods’.

In order to stop the rank and file officers being left flat footed by fleeing felons, €2.5 million will be spent on the fancy footwear for the 14,000 officers over the next three years.

The new shoes are expected to be hard-wearing but comfortable enough to withstand several hours on the beat. The soles will also be well-treaded to ensure criminals do not give them the slip.

JP Bonds walked over nine other Irish and EU firms to ensure they kick off the lucrative contract, according to the Government’s e-tenders website.

The tender process was managed by the Government Supplies Agency (GSA) which operates under the remit of the Office of Public Works.

A spokesman said: “The GSA retains an option to extend this contract for up to 12 months under the prevailing terms and conditions.”

If the new footwear proves as resilient as expected, JP Bonds should be a guaranteed extension.

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