Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (58)

Michael Ring

Question:

55 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Garda stations which have reduced their opening hours since he took office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6343/04]

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

I am informed by the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána that the reduction in the opening hours of Garda stations releases personnel employed on indoor administrative duties. Such personnel can be utilised more effectively in providing a visible Garda presence on outdoor policing duties. I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources including personnel, that some 18 Garda stations throughout the country have reduced their opening hours since I took office on 6 June 2002.