Bumitch, the Securocrats are just justifying their existence! It's a great excuse for loads of overtime and an opportunity to treat the public in the way in which they would really like to treat them all of the time but for most of the time can't, because it wouldn't be acceptable.
The 172 was back on station on his standing patrol over Wicklow again today (although Wednesday is their usual day for covering the weekly cash convoy anyway, so presumably their attention was divided!).
I suppose the standing patrol makes sense in that, I would have thought (and I could be wrong and maybe someone else will enlighten us) that radar at Dublin and certainly at Baldonnel, would not be able to detect a light aircraft at say 1500ft or less over Wicklow. As we know, radio communication with Dublin Information (118.50) is completely lost anywhere between Tullow and Arklow (i.e. anywhere south or southeast of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains) if you're at under 2000ft. So presumably the only way to police the TRA is to have standing patrols. So "Patrol Wicklow at Angels 2" is probably the order of the day.