Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Questions (599, 600)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

599. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí stationed in Whitehall Garda station at the time of its closure; the number of gardaí stationed in Santry and Ballymun Garda stations at that time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16711/18]

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Dessie Ellis

Question:

600. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí servicing the area previously covered by Ballymun, Santry and Whitehall Garda stations; if these gardaí are exclusively operating from Ballymun Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16712/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 599 and 600 together.

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.

I have requested the specific information sought by the Deputy from the Commissioner and I will write to him directly on receipt of same.