Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Questions (51)

Margaret Murphy O'Mahony

Question:

51. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations and the number of gardaí in each station in west County Cork on 31 March 2011 and on 31 March 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10006/16]

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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 39 stations on 31 March 2011 with 317 members assigned to the Cork West Division. On 31 March 2016 there were 30 stations in the Cork West Division with 277 Gardaí assigned across 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 overleaf 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 Cork West 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.

Cork West Division 31 March 2016

District

Station

Total

BALLINEEN

2

BALLINHASSIG

2

BANDON

81

INNISHANNON

1

KILBRITTAIN

1

KINSALE

16

TIMOLEAGUE

1

BANDON

Total

104

BANTRY

33

CASTLETOWNBERE

5

DRIMOLEAGUE

1

DURRUS

1

GLENGARRIFF

1

KEALKIL

1

SCHULL

4

BANTRY

Total

46

BALTIMORE

1

CLONAKILTY

33

DRINAGH

1

DUNMANWAY

11

ROSSCARBERY

1

SKIBBEREEN

13

CLONAKILTY

Total

60

BAILE BHUIRNE

2

BÉAL ÁTHA AN GHAORTHA

2

BOHERBUE

1

COACHFORD

1

CROOKSTOWN

10

MACROOM

35

MILLSTREET

13

RATHMORE

1

STUAKE

1

TARELTON

1

MACROOM

Total

67

Cork West Division

Total

277

Cork West Division 31 March 2011

District

Station

Total

BALLINEEN

2

BALLINHASSIG

2

BALLYFEARD

1

BANDON

85

INNISHANNON

1

KILBRITTAIN

1

KINSALE

15

TIMOLEAGUE

1

BANDON

Total

108

ADRIGOLE

1

BALLYDEHOB

1

BANTRY

35

CASTLETOWNBERE

4

DRIMOLEAGUE

1

DURRUS

1

GLENGARRIFF

1

GOLEEN

1

KEALKIL

1

SCHULL

4

BANTRY

Total

50

BALTIMORE

1

CLONAKILTY

29

DRINAGH

1

DUNMANWAY

8

ROSSCARBERY

2

SKIBBEREEN

10

CLONAKILTY

Total

51

BOHERBUE

1

KANTURK

33

KNOCKNAGREE

1

MEELIN

1

MILLSTREET

11

NEWMARKET

3

RATHMORE

1

KANTURK

Total

51

BALLINGEARY

1

BALLYVOURNEY

3

COACHFORD

2

CROOKSTOWN

5

INCHIGEELA

1

MACROOM

43

STUAKE

1

TARELTON

1

MACROOM

Total

57

Total

317