Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will arrange with the Garda Commissioner to increase the manpower in the Garda stations in Rush, Lusk and Swords, in view of the increase in population and particularly visitors to these villages over the past number of years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20120/00]

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength, all ranks, of the above-mentioned Garda stations is as follows: Rush 5, Lusk 4 and Swords 51. When additional personnel next becomes available the needs of Rush, Lusk and Swords Garda stations will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda stations throughout the country.