Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (504)

Seán Kenny

Question:

504. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if new garda vehicles were allocated to the R District in 2012; if they were marked or unmarked Garda cars or vans; if this district will be receiving additional vehicles in 2013; if so, when will the district be given the new vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10000/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the context of his identified operational demands and in the light of available resources. I am advised by the Garda authorities that 2 marked Garda vehicles were allocated to the R District in the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Division in 2012.

The Deputy will be aware that I made an additional €3 million available to An Garda Síochána towards the end of last year, bringing to €4 million the total investment in 2012 and enabling the Force to procure a total of 213 vehicles. The roll out of the most recently acquired vehicles to Garda Divisions throughout the country is ongoing. In that context, I have been informed by the Garda authorities that 3 of these vehicles are being allocated to the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Division.

In addition, a further allocation of €5 million is being provided for the purchase and fit-out of Garda transport this year. The funding will enable An Garda Síochána to obtain a significant number of new vehicles and it is a matter which is under active consideration by Garda authorities. The Deputy can be assured that the vehicles will be deployed as effectively as possible in line with An Garda Síochána's operational requirements.

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.