Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (759)

Jack Wall

Question:

881 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí in Carbury, County Kildare; the proposals for a new station in that area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1602/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength of Carbury Garda station, County Kildare as at 20 January 2004 was two (all ranks).

In December 2002, I approved the proposed relocation of the Garda station at Carbury to Derrinturn, which is just two miles away. This process is ongoing. Derrinturn is the main residential area in the sub-district and in addition has the main centre of activities such as schools and shops in the area. I have been advised that local Garda management are satisfied that the current personnel strength of Carbury Garda station is adequate to meet the present policing needs of the area. The situation will be kept under review and when additional personnel next becomes available, the needs of the Carbury area will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda stations throughout the country.