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Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

121 Ms F. Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Justice the number of Garda patrol cars stationed in Pearse Street Garda station, Dublin 2; the number of Gardaí attached to Pearse Street Garda station, Dublin 2; the area covered by the Station; and the approximate population served by the station. [3166/94]

The Garda authorities inform me that 11 mobile units are attached to Pearse Street Garda station comprising six patrol cars, three motorcycles and two vans. The current manpower at the station is 225. The station serves an area of about 1.6 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 8,380.

The Garda authorities are responsible for the detailed allocation of manpower and resources to individual areas. It should be noted, however, that the size and population of an area are but two of a number of factors which are taken into account by the Garda authorities in assessing the policing needs of any particular area. It would be seriously misleading to regard the ratio of gardaí to population in any area as an accurate measure of the level of Garda service provided for that area. The overall deployment of Garda resources is kept under regular review by the Garda authorities and adjustments are made as necessary in the light of changing needs and circumstances.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

122 Ms F. Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Justice the number of Garda patrol cars stationed in Kevin Street Garda station, Dublin 2; the number of Gardaí attached to Kevin Street Garda station, Dublin 2; the area covered by the station; and the approximate population served by the station. [3167/94]

The Garda authorities inform me that nine mobile units are attached to Kevin Street Garda station comprising three patrol cars, two motorcycles and four vans. The current manpower at the station is 128. The station serves an area of about 2.66 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 24,100.

The Garda authorities are responsible for the detailed allocation of manpower and resources to individual areas. It should be noted, however, that the size and population of an area are but two of a number of factors which are taken into account by the Garda authorities in assessing the policing needs of any particular area. It would be seriously misleading to regard the ratio of gardaí to population in any area as an accurate measure of the level of Garda service provided for that area. The overall deployment of Garda resources is kept under regular review by the Garda authorities and adjustments are made as necessary in the light of changing needs and circumstances.