Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (557)

Pat Breen

Question:

557. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on the provision of a service (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8365/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Decisions in relation to the deployment of Garda resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that a mobile Garda clinic is currently operating in the Broadford area on a trial basis and that details of the service have been circulated within the local community.

I am also advised that arrangements are being made for the conversion of a number of Garda vans to act as mobile Garda offices and these mobile facilities will be brought into operation as quickly as possible.

Garda management closely monitors the allocation of all policing resources and operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level to ensure that the optimum use is made of available resources and that the best possible Garda service is provided to the public. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the needs of the Clare Division will continue to be fully considered in this context.