Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (410)

Seán Kenny

Question:

410. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of horses withdrawn from the Garda mounted unit in 2012 and 2013; if the mounted unit will receive new horses this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11687/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The provision and deployment of Garda resources, including specialist units, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. In that context, I am advised by the Garda authorities that there are currently 13 horses attached to the Garda Mounted Unit. Two horses were retired in 2012 and one was withdrawn from service in 2013. I am also informed that the allocation of further resources to the Garda Mounted Unit will be kept under ongoing review in the context of An Garda Síochána's operational requirements.