Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (63)

Damien English

Question:

59 Mr. English asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Garda stations which are manned for less than 30 hours per week; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6342/04]

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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 a total of 495 Garda stations in the country are manned, that is, open to the public, for less than 30 hours per week. The extension of the current opening hours of these Garda stations would necessitate the employment of Garda personnel on indoor administrative duties. Such personnel can be utilised more effectively in providing a visible Garda presence on outdoor policing duties.

Question No. 60 answered with QuestionNo. 53.