Garda Stations

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

1079. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations that were open in the Kilkenny Garda division in each year since 2009; and the name of each. [34791/18]

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations, taking into account crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.  Further, the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation.  As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda estate currently includes 565 Garda Stations, following the official opening of the new western region headquarters, Galway in July 2018.

I am further informed by the Garda authorities that the Kilkenny/Carlow Garda Division currently comprises 17 Garda stations as follows: Ballyhale, Bennetsbridge, Callan, Castlecomer, Freshford, Glenmore, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, Kilmacow, Kilmoganny, Mooncoin, Mullinavat, Piltown, Stoneyford, Thomastown and Urlingford.

I understand from the Garda authorities that during the period referred to by the Deputy, three Garda Station were closed in the Kilkenny/Carlow Division. These closures of the stations at Ballyragget, Inistigoge and Johnstown in the Kilkenny/Carlow Division were part of the Garda Station Rationalisation Programme of 2012 and 2013, which resulted in the closure of some 139 Garda stations nationwide.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the closures implemented under the rationalisation programme allowed front line Garda to be managed and deployed with greater mobility, greater flexibility and in a more focused fashion, particularly with regard to targeted police operations.

Garda Information and Communications Technology

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

1080. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations in the Kilkenny Garda division that had access to broadband in each year since 2009. [34792/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources including ICT resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.

I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy.

Garda Information and Communications Technology

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

1081. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations in Kilkenny Garda division that had access to high speed broadband in each year since 2009. [34793/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources including ICT resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.

I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy.

Garda Stations

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1082. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations open in the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and the names of same. [34794/18]

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations, taking into account crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. Further, the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda estate currently includes 565 Garda Stations, following the official opening of the new Western Region Headquarters, Galway in July 2018.

I am further informed by the Garda authorities that the Mayo Division currently comprises 29 Garda stations as follows: Achill Sound, Balla, Ballina, Ballindine, Ballinrobe, Ballycroy, Ballyhaunis, Bangor Erris, Belmullet, Bonniconlon, Castlebar, Charlestown, Claremorris, Cong, Crossmolina, Foxford, Glenamoy, Keel, Killala, Kilkelly, Kilmaine, Kiltimagh, Knock, Louisburgh, Newport, Partry, Shrule, Swinford and Westport.

I understand from the Garda authorities that during the period referred to by the Deputy ten Garda Stations were closed in the Mayo Division as part of the Garda Station Rationalisation Programme of 2012 and 2013.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda district and station rationalisation programme developed and implemented in 2012 and 2013 resulted in the closure of some 139 Garda stations nationwide, including 10 stations closed in the Mayo Division during the period referred to by the Deputy. I understand that the 10 stations closed in the Mayo Division as part of that rationalisation programme were the stations at Bellacorick, Glenisland, Mulranny and Tourmakeady (closed in 2012) and stations at Ballycastle, Ballyglass, Ballyvary, Blacksod, Hollymount and Lahardane (closed in 2013).

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the closures implemented nationally under the rationalisation programme allowed front line Garda to be managed and deployed with greater mobility, greater flexibility and in a more focused fashion, particularly with regard to targeted police operations.

Garda Information and Communications Technology

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1083. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations in the Mayo division that had access to broadband in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [34795/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources including ICT resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources.  As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter.

I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and will write to the Deputy when it is to hand.

Garda Information and Communications Technology

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1084. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations in the Mayo division that had access to high speed broadband in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [34796/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources including ICT resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.

I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information and I will inform the Deputy when it is to hand.

Domestic Violence Incidence

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1085. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of domestic violence incidents recorded by An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [34797/18]

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of the official recorded crime statistics, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.  I have asked the CSO to forward the available statistics in relation to the information requested directly to the Deputy.

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1086. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of core unit gardaí attached to the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, by division, district and sub-district, in tabular form. [34798/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Division as new Garda recruits come on stream. The work of local Gardaí is also supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Units, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and these specialist units are also receiving significant investment.

I am informed by the Commissioner that since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,000 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,551 at the end of 2017 – a net increase of over 600 since the end of 2016. This year a further 800 new Garda Recruits will enter the Garda College and we are on track to reach 14,000 by the end of 2018.

In addition, a further 500 civilians will also be recruited to fill critical skills gaps across the organisation and to facilitate the redeployment of Gardaí from administrative and technical duties to front-line operational duties. There are plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve with new Reserves expected to commence training in 2018.

This focus on investment in personnel is critical and I am pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the overall vision for 2021 remains on track.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached table, as supplied by the Commissioner, the latest figures as requested.

tables1086

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1087. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached by rank to the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018 by division, district and sub-district, in tabular form. [34799/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Division as new Garda recruits come on stream. The work of local Gardaí is also supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Units, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and these specialist units are also receiving significant investment.

I am informed by the Commissioner that since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,000 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,551 at the end of 2017 – a net increase of over 600 since the end of 2016. This year a further 800 new Garda Recruits will enter the Garda College and we are on track to reach 14,000 by the end of 2018.

In addition, a further 500 civilians will also be recruited to fill critical skills gaps across the organisation and to facilitate the redeployment of Gardaí from administrative and technical duties to front-line operational duties. There are plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve with new Reserves expected to commence training in 2018.

This focus on investment in personnel is critical and I am pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the overall vision for 2021 remains on track.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached table, as supplied by the Commissioner, the latest figures as requested.

Table 1087

Garda Transport Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1088. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and type of Garda vehicles attached to the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018 by division, district and sub district, in tabular form. [34800/18]

There has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The Government's Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet, to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet. This is in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015. Indeed from 2013 to 2017 almost €44 million has been invested in the fleet with some 2,000 vehicles coming on stream in that period to ensure that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.

As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles across the various Garda divisions are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources. As Minister, I have no role in that matter.

I understand that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. The responsibility for the efficient deployment of all official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between districts and stations as required by operational requirements.

The following tables set out information requested in relation to the number and type of Garda vehicles attached to Mayo Division for the periods requested by the Deputy.

2018

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA DISTRICT

8

3

0

0

0

11

BELMULLET DISTRICT

3

1

0

0

0

4

CASTLEBAR DISTRICT

9

3

1

0

1

14

CLAREMORRIS DISTRICT

12

4

0

2

0

18

WESTPORT DISTRICT

5

2

1

0

0

8

Total for Mayo Division 2018

37

13

2

2

1

55

2017

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

9

3

0

0

0

12

BELMULLET

3

1

0

0

0

4

CASTLEBAR

9

4

0

0

1

14

CLAREMORRIS

13

3

0

2

0

18

WESTPORT

5

2

1

0

0

8

Total for Mayo Division 2017

39

13

1

2

1

56

2016

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

9

2

0

0

0

11

BELMULLET

3

1

0

1

0

5

CASTLEBAR

12

3

1

0

1

17

CLAREMORRIS

12

4

0

2

1

19

WESTPORT

5

3

0

0

0

8

Total for Mayo Division 2016

41

13

1

3

2

60

2015

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

9

1

0

0

0

10

BELMULLET

3

1

0

1

0

5

CASTLEBAR

11

2

1

1

0

15

CLAREMORRIS

15

3

0

0

1

19

WESTPORT

4

2

0

0

0

6

Total for Mayo Division 2015

42

9

1

2

1

55

2014

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

7

3

0

0

0

10

BELMULLET

2

1

0

1

1

5

CASTLEBAR

10

3

2

1

0

16

CLAREMORRIS

12

3

0

0

1

16

WESTPORT

4

1

0

0

0

5

Total for Mayo Division 2014

35

11

2

2

2

52

2013

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

7

3

1

0

0

11

BELMULLET

0

1

0

1

2

4

CASTLEBAR

9

3

1

1

2

16

CLAREMORRIS

10

3

0

0

0

13

WESTPORT

4

2

0

0

0

6

Total for Mayo Division 2013

30

12

2

2

4

50

2012

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

7

3

1

0

0

11

BELMULLET

0

1

0

1

4

6

CASTLEBAR

7

3

1

2

1

14

CLAREMORRIS

8

0

0

0

0

8

SWINFORD

8

1

0

0

0

9

WESTPORT

5

0

0

0

0

5

Total for Mayo Division 2012

35

8

2

3

5

53

2011

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

other

Total

BALLINA

7

2

1

0

0

10

BELMULLET

3

0

0

1

4

8

CASTLEBAR

9

3

1

2

1

16

CLAREMORRIS

9

0

0

0

0

9

SWINFORD

8

1

0

0

0

9

WESTPORT

5

0

0

0

0

5

Total for Mayo Division 2011

41

6

2

3

5

57

Figures for 2009 and 2010 are available only on a Divisional basis, as listed in the following table.

 Mayo Division

Cars

Vans

Motorcycle

4x4

Other

Total

2009

40

10

4

3

1

58

2010

43

10

2

3

1

59

Question No. 1089 answered with Question No. 639.

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1090. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full complement of gardaí in the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018 by district and sub-district. [34802/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Division as new Garda recruits come on stream. The work of local Gardaí is also supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Units, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and these specialist units are also receiving significant investment.

I am informed by the Commissioner that since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,000 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,551 at the end of 2017 – a net increase of over 600 since the end of 2016. This year a further 800 new Garda Recruits will enter the Garda College and we are on track to reach 14,000 by the end of 2018.

In addition, a further 500 civilians will also be recruited to fill critical skills gaps across the organisation and to facilitate the redeployment of Gardaí from administrative and technical duties to front-line operational duties. There are plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve with new Reserves expected to commence training in 2018.

This focus on investment in personnel is critical and I am pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the overall vision for 2021 remains on track.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached table, as supplied by the Commissioner, the latest figures as requested.

1090

Garda Civilian Staff Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1091. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of civilian staff attached to the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018 by division, district and sub-district, in tabular form. [34803/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Division as new Garda recruits come on stream. The work of local Gardaí is also supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Units, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and these specialist units are also receiving significant investment.

I am informed by the Commissioner that since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,000 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,551 at the end of 2017 – a net increase of over 600 since the end of 2016. This year a further 800 new Garda Recruits will enter the Garda College and we are on track to reach 14,000 by the end of 2018.

In addition, a further 500 civilians will also be recruited to fill critical skills gaps across the organisation and to facilitate the redeployment of Gardaí from administrative and technical duties to front-line operational duties. There are plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve with new Reserves expected to commence training in 2018.

This focus on investment in personnel is critical and I am pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the overall vision for 2021 remains on track.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached table, as supplied by the Commissioner, the latest figures as requested.

Garda Civilian Staff by Division 2010-2018

Station

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

May-18

D.M.R. South Central

37

33

32

31

28

30

28

63

68

D.M.R. North Central

44

43

40

42

39

38

38

43

42

D.M.R. NORTH

52

49

47

48

46

44

43

39

43

D.M.R. EAST

25

25

25

25

24

23

22

22

25

DMR SOUTH

34

33

32

31

30

28

34

36

36

D.M.R. WEST

53

53

50

50

50

47

47

52

55

Waterford

33

30

30

30

29

26

28

30

33

Wexford

29

28

28

27

28

28

28

32

32

Tipperary

38

37

36

34

35

32

36

41

41

Kilkenny/Carlow

25

26

27

27

27

27

30

31

33

Cork City

63

63

63

61

61

58

58

70

71

Cork North

25

25

24

26

25

25

28

31

33

Cork West

26

24

26

24

24

23

24

26

27

Kerry

33

33

34

34

34

34

34

36

36

Limerick

53

54

52

50

51

51

51

52

54

Donegal

30

30

30

30

30

30

31

36

35

Cavan/Monaghan

38

38

38

37

38

38

37

38

39

Sligo/Leitrim

27

26

24

25

25

27

25

31

31

Louth

24

25

24

24

24

23

23

26

31

Clare

35

35

33

31

31

31

31

31

33

Mayo 

34

35

33

34

33

33

34

32

34

Galway

45

47

46

47

45

46

46

49

60

Roscommon/Longford

26

26

26

27

26

26

28

29

32

Westmeath

23

23

22

22

22

22

21

24

24

Meath

27

28

27

27

27

26

27

30

30

Kildare

30

30

31

30

29

29

30

30

30

Laois/Offaly

25

25

20

23

23

22

22

25

25

Wicklow

25

24

24

22

23

22

23

26

27

Questions Nos. 1092 and 1093 answered with Question No. 939.

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1094. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí, by rank, attached to the regional support unit, in the Mayo division, in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. [34806/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

For the Deputy's information the attached table, received from the Garda authorities, presents the latest data for the national specialist units which form Garda Special Crime Operations. It is important to note that these are national units which support the work of the 28 Garda Divisions across the Country and are consequently not broken down by Division.

I am informed by the Commissioner that the Special Detective Unit (SDU) is responsible for the investigation of threats to state security and the monitoring of persons who pose a threat to the security of the State on both national and international fronts. The unit also provides security for visiting VIPs, cash in transit movements and armed response and is the operational wing of the Witness Security Programme. The highly trained and equipped specialist intervention unit, the Emergency Response Unit, is also part of SDU.

I am advised by the Commissioner that for security and operational reasons the strength of the SDU, ERU, Regional Support Units and the Special Tactics and Operational Command Unit cannot be provided.

Strength of Garda Special Crime Operations 31 May 2018

-

CR

DC

AC

CS

SU

IN

SG

GD

TOTAL

Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau

0

0

0

1

3

2

20

88

114

Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

17

23

Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (formerly Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation)

0

0

0

1

2

2

16

47

68

Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

0

0

0

1

3

0

15

62

81

Garda National Protective Services Bureau

0

0

0

0

3

2

17

41

63

Garda National Technical Bureau

0

0

0

0

1

2

16

49

68

Criminal Assets Bureau

0

0

0

1

1

0

9

31

42

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1095. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to the emergency response unit in the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. [34807/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

For the Deputy's information the attached table, received from the Garda authorities, presents the latest data for the national specialist units which form Garda Special Crime Operations. It is important to note that these are national units which support the work of the 28 Garda Divisions across the Country and are consequently not broken down by Division.

I am informed by the Commissioner that the Special Detective Unit (SDU) is responsible for the investigation of threats to state security and the monitoring of persons who pose a threat to the security of the State on both national and international fronts. The Unit also provides security for visiting VIPs, cash in transit movements and armed response and is the operational wing of the Witness Security Programme. The highly trained and equipped specialist intervention unit, the Emergency Response Unit, is also part of SDU.

I am advised by the Commissioner that for security and operational reasons the strength of the SDU, ERU, Regional Support Units and the Special Tactics and Operational Command Unit cannot be provided.

Strength of Garda Special Crime Operations 31 May 2018

-

CR

DC

AC

CS

SU

IN

SG

GD

TOTAL

Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau

0

0

0

1

3

2

20

88

114

Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

17

23

Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (formerly Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation)

0

0

0

1

2

2

16

47

68

Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

0

0

0

1

3

0

15

62

81

Garda National Protective Services Bureau

0

0

0

0

3

2

17

41

63

Garda National Technical Bureau

0

0

0

0

1

2

16

49

68

Criminal Assets Bureau

0

0

0

1

1

0

9

31

42

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1096. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to the special detective unit in the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. [34808/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

For the Deputy's information the attached table, received from the Garda authorities, presents the latest data for the national specialist units which form Garda Special Crime Operations. It is important to note that these are national units which support the work of the 28 Garda Divisions across the Country and are consequently not broken down by Division.

I am informed by the Commissioner that the Special Detective Unit (SDU) is responsible for the investigation of threats to state security and the monitoring of persons who pose a threat to the security of the State on both national and international fronts. The unit also provides security for visiting VIPs, cash in transit movements and armed response and is the operational wing of the witness security programme. The highly trained and equipped specialist intervention unit, the Emergency Response Unit, is also part of SDU.

I am advised by the Commissioner that for security and operational reasons the strength of the SDU, ERU, Regional Support Units and the Special Tactics and Operational Command Unit cannot be provided.

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1097. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to the operational support unit in the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. [34809/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

 I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that the Garda National Operational Support Unit is comprised of the following Specialist Support Units:

- Air Support Unit;

- Dog Unit;

- Mounted Unit; and

- Water Unit.

These are national that units support the work of all the Garda Divisions and data is therefore only available at national level.

For the Deputy's information, the table below, as supplied by the Commissioner, sets out the latest figures as requested.

Garda National Operational Support Services 2009-2018*

YEAR

GD

SG

IN

SU

DC

TOTAL

2009

57

7

1

1

0

66

2010

55

6

1

1

0

63

2011

53

10

1

0

0

64

2012

53

8

1

1

0

63

2013

53

7

1

1

0

62

2014

49

6

1

1

0

57

2015

47

6

1

1

1

56

2016

48

8

1

0

0

57

2017

62

10

3

1

0

76

2018*

62

10

1

1

0

74

*Up to 31 May 2018

Garda Data

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1098. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to the traffic corps unit in the Mayo division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. [34810/18]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

Following an internal examination of the role and function of the Divisional Garda Traffic Corps they were renamed as Divisional Garda Road Policing Units to reflect the role the units will play in denying criminals the use of the roads network. In addition to their focus on the lifesaver offences of speeding, seatbelts, mobile phones and driving under the influence, they also focus on crime prevention and crime detection.

It is important to note that road traffic legislation is enforced as part of the day-to-day duties of all members of An Garda Síochána. The Divisional Roads Policing units work closely with other divisional units to target known criminals and to disrupt their activities through strict enforcement of road traffic legislation.

The Commissioner established the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau (GNRPB) which is responsible for the oversight and strategic management of policing our roads network and for ensuring a consistent approach to road safety and enforcement of road traffic legislation across the country. I am pleased to say that I obtained sanction for a number of additional posts for the GNRPB, including: an Assistant Commissioner to head it up; a chief superintendent responsible for roads planning and major event management; and two specialist posts at superintendent rank, one for roads policing and one for major event management.

The Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime.  Budget 2018 supports the continuation of this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the vision of an overall workforce of 21,000 by 2021 remains on track.

I am advised by the Garda Commissioner that the total strength of Roads Policing Units nationwide is currently at 680 including 87 that were assigned in the first quarter of this year following completion of regional competitions for assignment to roads policing duties. A further 63 will be assigned by year end.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached table, as supplied by the Commissioner, the latest figures as requested.

TRAFFIC CORPS 2009 -2018

DIVISION

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

May-18

D.M.R. EAST  

18

19

17

15

15

15

14

9

9

13

D.M.R. NORTH  

27

22

21

18

18

17

17

13

14

14

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL  

22

20

19

19

17

18

18

17

18

18

D.M.R. SOUTH  

19

16

15

13

13

12

12

12

10

10

D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL  

27

25

25

25

23

17

16

11

7

9

D.M.R. WEST  

22

22

22

21

19

19

16

13

12

18

D.M.R. TRAFFIC  

156

155

149

144

138

106

118

107

101

104

KILDARE  

36

40

41

41

39

36

34

25

24

27

LAOIS / OFFALY  

42

35

31

26

24

25

25

22

19

22

LOUTH / MEATH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MEATH  

30

31

29

22

20

19

16

17

14

16

WESTMEATH  

27

29

26

24

21

23

20

28

18

18

WICKLOW  

30

30

25

24

23

20

21

17

16

19

CAVAN / MONAGHAN  

38

36

29

30

27

24

25

25

18

23

DONEGAL  

34

42

32

30

29

31

27

20

20

21

LOUTH  

30

25

25

22

19

17

16

14

14

19

SLIGO / LEITRIM  

34

34

33

34

31

24

24

23

23

22

KILKENNY/CARLOW  

39

38

37

36

32

31

28

26

26

22

TIPPERARY  

40

31

28

26

22

23

21

21

21

26

WATERFORD  

31

26

25

22

19

18

14

14

13

13

WEXFORD  

29

25

21

16

16

15

14

15

13

15

CORK CITY  

51

48

49

45

40

38

36

39

37

37

CORK NORTH  

41

40

39

37

35

34

33

33

33

33

CORK WEST  

27

28

28

25

21

22

18

22

21

22

KERRY  

35

35

31

25

22

20

18

17

18

24

LIMERICK  

33

34

30

32

31

29

26

23

24

24

CLARE  

29

24

25

18

17

16

18

17

15

18

GALWAY  

47

51

41

40

39

41

41

39

37

37

MAYO  

29

27

22

17

12

11

11

11

11

16

ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD  

23

23

25

23

22

21

19

19

17

20

TOTAL

1046

1011

940

870

804

742

716

669

623

680