Written Answers. - Garda Strength.

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

34 Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the total number of recruits who have graduated from the Garda Training College as full Garda members since 6 June 2002; the total number of gardaí who have retired, resigned or otherwise left the force since 6 June 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17102/03]

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources including personnel, that since 6 June 2002, 518 recruits have graduated from the Garda College. A total of 463 members (all ranks) have resigned, retired or otherwise left the Garda Síochána since 6 June 2002.