Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Questions (28)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

28. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Síochána stations and the number of gardaí in each station in County Mayo on 31 March 2011 and on 31 March 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9976/16]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review taking into account crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner, in summary, that there were 35 stations on 31 March 2011 with 313 members assigned to the Mayo Division. On 31 March 2016 there were 29 stations in the Mayo Division with 302 Gardaí assigned to the Division.

As the Deputy will understand, there is a significant amount of information available down to station / sub-district level which she has requested. For ease of reference I have provided a breakdown of the detailed information requested for the record.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime. Key to achieving this goal is the commitment in the Programme for Government, "A Programme for a Partnership Government" to continue the ongoing accelerated Garda recruitment programme with a view to increasing Garda numbers to 15,000.

As the Deputy will be aware, since the Garda College reopened in September 2014, a total of 700 Garda trainees have been recruited with a further 450 planned to be recruited during the remainder of this year. So far 395 of the new Garda trainees have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream uniform duties nationwide. I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that 5 newly attested Gardaí have been assigned to Mayo Garda Division.

It is expected that a further 300 trainees will attest by the end of this year which, taking account of projected retirements, will bring Garda numbers to around the 13,000 mark.

We must, I believe, endeavour to make more rapid progress than this to reach our target of 15,000 and I will be engaging with my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, in relation to increasing the planned annual intake this year and in coming years.

Mayo Division 31 March 2016

District

Station

Total

BALLINA

46

BONNICONLON

1

CROSSMOLINA

5

FOXFORD

3

KILLALA

2

BALLINA

Total

57

BALLYCROY

1

BANGOR ERRIS

3

BÉAL AN MHUIRTHEAD

25

GLEANN NA MUAIDHE

1

BELMULLET

Total

30

BALLA

2

CASTLEBAR

79

PARTRY

2

CASTLEBAR

Total

83

BALLINDINE

1

BALLINROBE

7

BALLYHAUNIS

10

CHARLESTOWN

5

CLAREMORRIS

37

CONG

1

KILKELLY

5

KILMAINE

2

KILTIMAGH

1

KNOCK

1

SHRULE

1

SWINFORD

21

CLAREMORRIS

Total

92

ACHILL SOUND

5

KEEL

1

LOUISBURGH

2

NEWPORT

2

WESTPORT

30

WESTPORT

Total

40

May Division

Total

302

Mayo Division 31 March 2011

District

Station

Total

BALLINA

48

BALLYCASTLE

1

CROSSMOLINA

4

KILLALA

1

LAHARDANE

1

BALLINA

Total

55

BALLYCROY

1

BANGOR ERRIS

3

BELLACORICK

1

BELMULLET

22

BLACKSOD

1

GLENAMOY

1

BELMULLET

Total

29

BALLA

2

BALLYGLASS

1

BALLYVARY

1

CASTLEBAR

70

*GARDA INFO SERVICES

2

PARTRY

2

TOURMAKEADY

1

CASTLEBAR

Total

79

BALLINDINE

1

BALLINROBE

9

CLAREMORRIS

38

CONG

1

HOLLYMOUNT

1

KNOCK

2

SHRULE

1

CLAREMORRIS

Total

53

BALLYHAUNIS

9

CHARLESTOWN

7

FOXFORD

3

KILKELLY

9

KILTIMAGH

3

SWINFORD

26

SWINFORD

Total

57

ACHILL SOUND

3

LOUISBURGH

2

MULRANNY

1

NEWPORT

3

WESTPORT

31

WESTPORT

Total

40

Mayo Division

Total

313

*Garda Info Services is not a station