Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (583)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

595 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the impact that the assessment process being undertaken on the demands placed on each Garda District and station in the country will have on two stations within a Garda Division (details supplied); if he will outline the likely date for the conclusion of these assessments; if there will be any public consultation on this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35175/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

The Garda Commissioner is currently engaged in an assessment of the potential for improved efficiencies in the structure and organisation of the Garda Síochána as part of the preparation of the draft policing plan for 2013, which under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 is due to be submitted to me by the end of October this year.

While I expect that the policing plan for 2013 will contain proposals for the further rationalisation of Garda stations and Districts, it would be premature, in advance of its submission, to speculate on specific measures which it might contain.