Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (946)

John Curran

Question:

946. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of additional marked and unmarked Garda cars and vehicles allocated to each Garda division to date in 2019; the number withdrawn during the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34233/19]

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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 to ensure their optimum use.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following spreadsheet set out the number of vehicles allocated and withdrawn from the Garda fleet this year, up to 19 July 2019.

This table refers to vehicles allocated in 2019 to date. The Garda authorities indicate that allocations may include vehicles which were purchased in 2018, but in relation to which the technical fit-out process was not completed until 2019.

Garda vehicles allocated by Division during 2019 (as at 19 July 2019)

Division

Cars Total

Vans Total

4x4

*Others

Total

CAVAN-MONAGHAN

1

0

0

0

1

CORK CITY

3

0

0

2

5

CORK WEST

0

0

0

2

2

DMR EAST

4

0

0

0

4

DMR HARCOURT SQUARE

3

2

0

5

DMR NORTH

15

0

0

1

16

DMR NORTH CENTRAL

8

1

0

0

9

DMR SOUTH

6

0

0

0

6

DMR SOUTH CENTRAL

8

0

0

1

9

DMR TRAFFIC

0

0

0

2

2

DMR WEST

16

0

0

1

17

DONEGAL

1

0

0

0

1

GALWAY

2

0

0

2

4

KERRY

0

0

0

1

1

KILDARE

0

0

0

1

1

KILKENNY/CARLOW

1

0

0

2

3

LAOIS-OFFALY

0

0

0

1

1

LIMERICK

0

0

0

1

1

LOUTH

0

0

0

2

2

NATIONAL UNITS/ HEADQUARTERS

36

8

1

14

59

ROSCOMMON-LONGFORD

0

0

0

1

1

SLIGO-LEITRIM

0

1

0

0

1

WATERFORD

0

0

0

1

1

WESTMEATH

5

0

0

1

6

TOTAL

109

12

1

36

158

Garda vehicles removed from Fleet as at 19 July 2019

Division 

Cars

Vans

Bikes

4x4

*Others

Total

Cavan Monaghan

3

0

1

0

0

4

Clare 

3

0

0

0

0

3

Cork City

9

1

0

0

1

11

Cork North

4

0

0

1

0

5

Cork West

4

0

1

0

0

5

DMR East

2

0

0

0

0

2

DMR North

10

2

0

0

0

12

DMR North Central

8

0

0

0

0

8

DMR South

8

0

0

0

0

8

DMR South Central

6

1

0

0

0

7

DMR Traffic

0

1

1

0

0

2

DMR West

9

0

0

0

2

11

Donegal

6

0

0

0

0

6

Galway

4

0

0

1

1

6

Kerry

1

1

1

0

0

3

Kildare

4

0

0

0

0

4

Kilkenny- Carlow

6

0

0

0

0

6

Laois Offaly

4

0

1

0

0

5

Limerick

6

3

0

0

0

9

Louth

1

2

0

0

0

3

Mayo

4

1

0

0

0

5

Meath

3

0

0

0

0

3

National Units /HQ

40

3

5

1

0

49

Roscommon Longford

1

0

0

0

0

1

Sligo Leitrim

2

0

0

0

0

2

Tipperary

6

2

0

0

0

8

Waterford

2

2

0

0

0

4

Westmeath

0

0

0

1

0

1

Wexford

4

1

0

1

0

6

Wicklow

1

0

0

0

0

1

Total

161

20

10

5

4

200

*The category 'others' refers to MPV, SUV, Minibus or Prisoner Conveyance Vehicles