Gardaí say a picture circulating on social media that appears to show a Donegal garda car north of the Border, causing outrage to the DUP, is old.
The press office last night dismissed the image, according to the Irish Independent.
It comes after the DUP demanded answers after a garda car was reportedly spotted near Castlederg, Co Tyrone.
“An Garda Síochána understands that these images are not recent and have appeared before on social media,” a spokesperson for the Garda Press Office said.
“As a general comment, An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland have an excellent working relationship and have agreed protocols between both organisations for close working co-operation along the border.
“The presence of unarmed members of An Garda Síochána in Northern Ireland does not involve the commission of any criminal offence.”
Before the garda statement, DUP councillor Maurice Devenney said the garda car was seen travelling into Northern Ireland on the Lurganboy Road near Castlederg ‘in recent days.’