I'm confused. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Well it's a good thing and a bad thing I suppose.
It means they save on human resources having say 12 controllers in a control room say in Anglesea Street and all 999 Garda calls from Cork City/ County/ Waterford/ Tipperary and Limerick all go through there.
They control all calls incoming and then allocate them to the units in the respective areas.
They would have a high ranking officer in the room as well should a major incident arise so decisions can be made immediately
So instead of the above then you could have a situation where you could have a Garda sitting at a desk in every single station throughout the counties above, that is an awful lot of Gardai just on station duty, meaning that, if something kicks off, they have to stay where they are and they call the vehicles and members to the scene.
The difference above is that to Joe Soap, the 2nd example is great, because the local station in the parish is open.
But that approach is ridiculous.