Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (131)

David Stanton

Question:

126 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of personnel employed in each Garda division; the number of vacancies for civilians in each Garda division; his plans to sanction the employment of additional personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7408/04]

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

I presume that the Deputy is referring to the number of civil servants employed in each Garda division. The information requested is set out in the attached table. In regard to the number of personnel employed, where there is a vacancy of less than one full post, it is usually the case that such a vacancy arises from a work-sharing arrangement.

In October 2001 the Government approved the Report on Civilianisation in An Garda Síochána which recommended a programme of civilianisation to allow for the release of Garda members to operational policing. In this context, my Department is currently reviewing these figures in conjunction with the Department of Finance and Garda management.

The civilianisation report also provides for the transfer of finance functions from the Garda district clerks to civilians, and the subsequent upgrading of the new civilian role to staff officer. A competition is currently under way to fill these posts.

Division

Number of civilian personnel employed in each Garda Division as at 29/02/04

Number of civilian vacancies in each Garda Division as at 29/02/04

DMR South Central

30.8

0.7

DMR North Central

56.5

9

DMR Eastern

24.7

0.8

DMR Western

35

DMR Northern

29.3

2.2

DMR Southern

28.4

0

Longford/Westmeath

17.5

1.5

DMR Traffic Division Dublin Castle

9.4

Clare

18.5

0.5

Donegal

12

0.4

Galway West

21.8

1.2

Roscommon/Galway East

13.5

0.5

Kerry

19.3

Laois /Offaly

13

1

Louth/Meath

30.3

0.2

Mayo

22.6

Sligo/Leitrim

13

Tipperary

20.8

Wexford

19.6

0.4

Cavan/Monaghan

19

Carlow/Kildare

21.1

0.1

Waterford/Kilkenny

23.3

3.7

Cork West

12.5

2

Cork North

15.6

0.4

Cork City

46.3

2.2

Limerick

40.3