Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (299)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

440 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the station strength of the Garda Síochána at Coolock, Raheny and Howth Garda stations for the years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and to date in 2004. [24997/04]

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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 personnel strength of Coolock, Raheny and Howth Garda stations, which form part of the DMR northern division, as at 1 October for the years requested and as at 13 October 2004 was as follows:

Station

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Coolock

85

86

89

89

88

84

86

82

Raheny

64

58

58

60

60

63

60

64

Howth

28

31

35

37

39

39

43

43

The policing of these area consists of patrols by local uniformed gardaí, the district detective unit, the special resource unit and the community policing unit. In addition, the divisional crime task force and the district drug unit also patrol these areas. Garda management will continue to appraise the policing and administrative strategy employed in the DMR northern division with a view to ensuring an effective Garda service is maintained. The situation will be kept under review by Garda management and when additional personnel next becomes available the needs of Coolock, Howth and Raheny Garda stations will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda stations throughout the country.