Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (310)

Bobby Aylward

Question:

310. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of marked and unmarked Garda cars and vans attached to each Garda district in the Kilkenny-Carlow Garda division as of 30 June 2018 and 25 June 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29891/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion.  Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021.  This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime. 

The Deputy may also wish to be aware that a total of €10 million has been made available for the purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles in 2019.  I understand from the Garda authorities that this allocation will be used for purchase and fit-out of over 300 new vehicles for operational use this year.

As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána.  Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions.  As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure their optimum use.

The Garda authorities advise that the following table outlines the number of vehicles assigned to Kilkenny/Carlow Division Fleet for the dates requested by the Deputy. For operational reasons, a breakdown of marked and unmarked vehicles is not included in the table.

Kilkenny/Carlow Division Fleet as of 30 June 2019

Cars

Vans

Total 

KILKENNY/CARLOW DIVISION

52

18

70

CARLOW DISTRICT

11

5

16

KILKENNY DISTRICT

26

8

34

THOMASTOWN DISTRICT

15

5

20

Kilkenny/Carlow Division Fleet as of 30 June 2018

Cars

Vans

Total

KILKENNY/CARLOW DIVISION

56

16

72

CARLOW DISTRICT

13

4

17

KILKENNY DISTRICT

29

7

36

THOMASTOWN DISTRICT

14

5

19