Two full time plain clothes gardai protect Paul Williams. This may be somewhat justified by threats to him, but it is necessary full time ? Given that it takes 5 garda to provide 24/7 protection per unit with leave, time off etc,, this means that in effect ten gardai are full time protecting him. With pay, overtime, subsistence allowance etc, the cost for the past few years must have reached millions by now. And is it healthy for a crime reporter to be so embedded with the gardai,and do they feed off each other, as Vincent Browne often alleges.