Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (171)

Éamon Ó Cuív


171. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda cars based in Connemara at present; the stations they are based in; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15518/14]

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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 light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources.

Responsibility for the efficient deployment of Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between stations, as required by operational circumstances. The Deputy will appreciate that a degree of flexibility in allocating and re-allocating vehicles among stations, so as to best match the allocation of resources with policing priorities, is essential to the efficient management of the Garda fleet. As a consequence it is not fully practicable to provide a breakdown of Garda vehicles by individual area.

However, I am advised by the Garda authorities that there are currently 11 Garda vehicles allocated to stations covering Connemara.