Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (151)

Jack Wall

Question:

152 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí in the Kildare/Carlow division; the number allocated to each station within the division; the number of vacancies by division and station; the methodology used in regard to replacements for sick leave, maternity leave or retirees from the division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8159/04]

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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 and personnel, that the personnel strength, all ranks, of the Carlow/Kildare division together with the strength of each station within the division is as set out in the tables.

Station

Strength

Athy

18

Ballon

1

Ballymore Eustace

1

Ballytore

1

Baltinglass

22

Blessington

13

Carbury

2

Carlow

50

Castledermot

2

Celbridge

19

Clane

6

Donard

1

Dunlavin

1

Hacketstown

1

Hollywood

1

Kilcullen

3

Kildare

27

Kill

3

Leighlinbridge

1

Maynooth

15

Monasterevin

3

Muinebheag

7

Myshall

1

Naas

79

Newbridge

29

Rathangan

3

Rathvilly

1

Robertstown

2

Shillelagh

1

Tinahely

2

Tullow

9

Total

325

The current personnel strength, all ranks, of the Carlow/Kildare division of 325 represents an increase of 33 or 11.3% in the personnel allocated to the Carlow/Kildare division since 31 December 1997.

With regard to the question of vacancies and absences on sick and maternity leave, the assistant commissioner, human resource management, in consultation with divisional officers, arranges for the allocation of Garda personnel throughout the State. He is assisted in this regard by a model known as the Garda establishment redistribution model, GERM, which is a scientific, rational and pragmatic model and is the most effective means of distributing Garda personnel.