Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (549)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

549. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a Garda patrol car for Carrick-Glencolmcille area in County Donegal as it is currently without a patrol car for over three months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20984/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The provision and allocation of Garda transport is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the context of An Garda Síochána's identified operational requirements and the availability of resources.

As the Deputy will be aware, a further €9m was secured towards the end of last year for investment in the Garda fleet which resulted in the purchase of 305 Garda vehicles towards the end of 2013, at a cost of €5 million. In this context, I am advised that 36 new vehicles will be deployed to the Northern Region, which includes the Donegal Division, in 2014.

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. I am informed that Garda management closely monitors the allocation of such resources at both District and Divisional level to ensure that the optimum Garda service is provided to the public.

I am further informed that the needs of the Donegal Division will continue to be examined, in the context of An Garda Síochána's overall policing requirements, as and when additional resources become available.