Tuesday, 27 January 2004

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Róisín Shortall

Question:

899 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of squad cars dedicated to the Dublin Metropolitan Region and the number in actual use; if he will provide a breakdown of the number of squad cars dedicated to each individual station in the west and northern divisions of the DMR; the number of these in actual use in each case; the amount of funding he has made available this year for the purchase of new squad cars for the DMR area; the number of squad cars that will be purchased for the DMR this year; the number that he estimates will be decommissioned this year and his estimate for the net rise or fall in the number of squad cars dedicated to the DMR by the end of this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1865/04]

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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 total transport resources, including traffic in the Dublin metropolitan region (DMR) is as set out hereunder:

4x4's

Bikes

Cars

Mini Buses

Trucks

Vans

Total

Total

20

109

278

10

4

81

502

It is not possible to give an accurate breakdown of the number of squad cars in "actual use" within the DMR in each case. Theoretically, all of these vehicles are available for use at all times. However, for a variety of reasons, all of the vehicles may not always be available all of the time. Vehicles may be in workshops having repairs carried out, or there may be no suitably qualified drivers available. In some instances, suitable vehicles may not be available or the particular station may be awaiting delivery of a replacement vehicle.
A breakdown of vehicles dedicated to each individual station in the northern and western divisions of the DMR is as set out hereunder.

District

Station

4x4's

Bikes

Cars

Mini Buses

Vans

Total

Coolock

0

0

6

0

2

8

Malahide

0

0

4

0

0

4

Swords

0

0

5

0

2

7

DMR N-Coolock

Total

0

0

15

0

4

19

Clontarf

0

0

6

0

1

7

Howth

0

1

3

0

0

4

Raheny

0

0

5

0

1

6

DMR N-Raheny

Total

0

1

14

0

2

17

Airport

1

0

2

0

0

3

Ballymun

0

0

4

0

0

4

Santry

1

8

16

1

9

35

Whitehall

0

0

4

0

0

4

DMR N-Santry

Total

2

8

26

1

9

46

Ballyfermot

0

0

7

0

2

9

Clondalkin

0

0

7

0

1

8

Rathcoole

0

0

2

0

0

2

DMR W- Ballyfermot

Total

0

0

16

0

3

19

Blanchardstown

2

8

18

1

6

35

Cabra

0

0

3

0

1

4

Finglas

1

0

4

0

2

7

DMR W- Blanchardstown

Total

3

8

25

1

9

46

Leixlip

0

0

3

0

0

3

Lucan

0

0

4

0

1

5

Ronanstown

0

0

6

0

2

8

DMR W-Lucan

Total

0

0

13

0

3

16

Funding is not provided specifically on a divisional or district basis but rather for the entire fleet, and is provided to ensure a replacement policy in line with the stated objectives of the Garda Síochána, having regard to mileage limitations, age and the vehicles effectiveness.
It is estimated that approximately 120 — 140 vehicles will be replaced in the DMR during 2004. It can reasonably be assumed that at least this number will be decommissioned this year.