Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (571, 572)

Frank Feighan

Question:

571. Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the separate allocations in numerical terms of the new Garda vehicles allocated to Roscommon, Castlerea and Boyle Garda Districts. [8598/13]

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Frank Feighan

Question:

572. Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda vehicles currently attached to the Roscommon, Castlerea and Boyle Garda Districts; the breakdown for each of these Garda districts and the way in which these vehicle numbers compare to the figures in 2010, 2011 and 2012. [8599/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 572 together.

Decisions in relation to the provision and deployment of Garda transport are matters for the Garda Commissioner. Responsibility for the efficient deployment of all Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between Stations as required by operational circumstances.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the allocation of Garda vehicles to the Roscommon, Castlerea and Boyle Garda Districts in the periods referred is provided in the following table:

District

18 February 2013

Dec. 2012

Dec. 2011

Dec. 2010

Roscommon

13

14

14

15

Castlerea

7

7

6

7

Boyle

7

6

5

4

Total

27

27

25

26

The Deputy will be aware that I made an additional €3 million available to An Garda Síochána towards the end of last year which enabled the Force to procure an additional 171 vehicles, bringing the total number of vehicles procured in 2012 to 213. The roll out of these vehicles to Garda Divisions throughout the country is ongoing and in that context, I have been informed by the Garda authorities that 30 of the vehicles are due to be allocated to the Garda Western Region which includes the Roscommon/Longford Division. A more detailed breakdown is not currently available and the Deputy will appreciate that the vehicles will be deployed in line with operational requirements.

A further allocation of €5 million has been provided for the purchase and fit-out of Garda transport in 2013. This represents a very considerable financial investment in Garda transport, particularly at a time when the level of funding available across the public sector is severely limited. It is a clear indication of my commitment to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, An Garda Síochána are provided with sufficient resources to enable them to provide an effective and efficient policing service.