Public Inquiries

Question No. 678 answered with Question No. 675.

Questions (677)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

677. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he will publish the final terms of reference for the scoping exercise into matters relating to the death of a person (details supplied). [31976/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

To begin, I wish to draw the Deputy’s attention to my response to question number 139 of 4 July 2019 where I outlined the current situation regarding the status of the scoping exercise.

In my reply, I advised that following the submission of Judge Haughton’s proposed changes to the terms of reference, which stemmed from his meetings with the O’Farrell family, I had sought the advice of the Attorney General on these changes. These advices have been under examination with Department officials with a view to finalising the terms of reference and formally commencing the scoping exercise.

These examinations are currently in their latter stages and I hope to have them completed shortly. As soon as the final terms of reference are agreed, Judge Haughton will be in a position to advise the family as to their content and begin his important work. The terms of reference will be published on my Department's website.

Question No. 678 answered with Question No. 675.

Probation and Welfare Service

Questions (679)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

679. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the opening times of an office (details supplied); his plans to increase same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32000/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Probation Service Kildare Team moved into its new offices in Newbridge, County Kildare in October, 2018. Normal office hours are 9.00 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9.00 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. on Friday. These are the standard office hours for all of the Probation Service Offices and there are no plans to change them.

The Probation Service is the lead agency in the assessment and management of offenders in our communities. It is committed to working to reduce offending, create safer communities and fewer victims through offender rehabilitation. The Probation Service has a national remit with services delivered locally by staff based in 35 community based offices across the country as well as staff based in all twelve prisons.

Immigration Controls

Questions (680)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

680. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a US resident can visit Ireland as a tourist for two separate periods of three months in a calendar year as long as there is a gap of 90 days between the two visits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32009/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can confirm, as set out in the Immigration Act 2004, that a citizen of the U.S.A, being non-visa required to travel to Ireland, may be given up to 90 days visitor permission by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

There is no requirement for a U.S visitor to remain outside the State for 90 days before returning to the State, however there can be no more than 180 days stay on the basis of visitor’s permission in any 365 day period.

An Immigration Officer may seek further evidence/documentation in relation to any second or subsequent visit as he/she must be satisfied with the reason for the stay.

Family Law Cases

Questions (681)

Jack Chambers

Question:

681. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to provide a designated support service in the family courts such as advice and help for those who find themselves using the courts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32129/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As noted in my response to Parliamentary Question 326 of 11 July 2019, I intend to publish proposals in 2019 for a new approach to handling family law cases in Ireland at District, Circuit and High Court levels. A Family Court Bill will be introduced to create a new dedicated Family Court within the existing court structures. These courts will have new procedures aimed at less adversarial resolution of disputes and will have appropriate facilities and case management arrangements.

A working group was established in 2017, comprising officials from the Department of Justice and Equality, the Courts Service and the Legal Aid Board, to examine the operational aspects relating to the family court and develop an overall architecture for the new family court structure. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Tusla also participated in the working group. Key issues that arose in consultations included family court venues and facilities, resources and capital investment in family courts and integration of relevant family and child services to provide the best possible family law outcomes.

In 2018, a task force on the Family Court comprising senior officials from the Department of Justice and Equality, the Legal Aid Board and the Courts Service was formed to seek agreement on core questions of policy and costs. A representative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has also joined the group. The work of this group is at an advanced stage. Issues being examined include court areas and locations, use of courthouses, provision of facilities and services, arrangements for management of resources, and oversight arrangements.

Work is well advanced on the General Scheme of a Family Court Bill. When finalised, the General Scheme will be submitted for Government approval in the usual manner and will have to undergo pre-legislative scrutiny. The Bill will then be drafted by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.

The Family Court Bill is only one component of a new Family Court system. The provision of appropriate court facilities and services, including the designation of areas for support services, and the capital and current resources that may be required for this, will be important enablers for the operation of a new family court system.

The Deputy may be aware that legal advice and help for those who find themselves using the courts is provided by the Legal Aid Board. Independent legal advice is also available from local Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC).

Sexual Offences Data

Questions (682)

Bríd Smith

Question:

682. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of sex workers arrested and charged with offences relating to prostitution and or running brothels since the introduction of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017. [32190/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have requested the information sought from the Garda authorities and I will revert to the Deputy in due course as soon as the information is to hand.

Sexual Offences Data

Questions (683)

Bríd Smith

Question:

683. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the numbers of sex workers charged with offences such as prostitution, brothel running and so on in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [32191/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have requested the information sought from the Garda authorities and I will revert to the Deputy in due course as soon as the information is to hand.

Sexual Offences Data

Questions (684)

Bríd Smith

Question:

684. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of sex workers charged with offences relating to the purchase of sex since 2010 to date in 2019. [32192/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have requested the information sought from the Garda authorities and I will revert to the Deputy in due course as soon as the information is to hand.

Legislative Reviews

Questions (685)

Bríd Smith

Question:

685. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a review of the Criminal Law (Sex Offences) Act 2017 and its impact on sex workers since its introduction will be undertaken; his plans for such a review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32193/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Part 4 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 specifies that, not later than 3 years after its commencement, the Minister for Justice and Equality shall cause a report to be prepared on the operation of Section 7A of the Act and cause this report to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

This report is required to include information as to the number of arrests and convictions in respect of offences under Section 7A of the Act during the period from commencement of that section and an assessment of the impact of the operation of that section on the safety and well-being of person who engage in sexual activity for payment.

My Department is at present undertaking the groundwork for the preparation of this report, including through the funding of relevant research, and will also be seeking submissions from interested parties.

Witness Protection Programme

Questions (686)

Bríd Smith

Question:

686. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 26 of 16 May 2019; if efforts have been made to meet with the witness or ensure the relevant authorities make contact; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32194/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, very sensitive matters arise in dealing with the issue raised.

It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the details of any individual case or the arrangements that may be in place, for reasons of security and the personal safety of individuals.

I can confirm that officials in my Department have been in contact with the Garda authorities in relation to this matter.

My Department will be in contact with the Deputy directly in relation to the matter.

Visa Applications

Questions (687)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

687. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an appeal seeking a holiday visa by persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32231/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that, on appeal, visas were granted on 11 July 2019 to the people referred to by the Deputy. The applicants were informed directly and the visas issued to them on the same day.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Consultancy Contracts Data

Questions (688)

Shane Cassells

Question:

688. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of external consultant reports commissioned by his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of same; the company involved; and the title and publication date by report in tabular form. [32252/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to confirm to the Deputy that the information sought cannot be provided in the time allowed. As soon as the information has been collated I will write to the Deputy on the matter.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (689)

Shane Cassells

Question:

689. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011 including costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32269/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that professional photographic services are generally only used by my Department to mark and record significant occasions and campaigns - the vast majority of photography is undertaken by the Department's in-house communications staff as part of their normal duties. Consideration is given at all times to the costs involved when sourcing such services.

The list of occasions when photographers were engaged and the associated costs are as follows:

Year

Cost

2011

€1,841.93

2012

€1,446.70

2013

€2,089.39

2014

€966.78

2015

€1,222.62

2016

€2,486.47

2017

€1,386.44

2018

€3,295.75

2019 (to date)

€1,905.80

Occasion

Year

Photographer

Cost

Opening of Monaghan Court House

2011

Adrian Donohoe

€302.50

Appointment of Garda Commissioner

2011

Maxwell Photography

€431.67

Appointment of Deputy Garda Commissioner

2011

Maxwell Photography

€500.34

Launch of Visa Waiver Scheme

2011

Maxwell Photography

€607.42

Joint Statement with UK Immigration Minister, on Visa Data Exchange

2012

Maxwell Photography

€92.25

Joint Statement with UK Immigration Minister, on Visa Data Exchange

2012

Maxwell Photography

€526.35

Launch of conference "Regulatory Reform for Legal Profession in 21st Century".

2012

Maxwell Photography

€276.75

Deployment of Civilian Immigration Officers to Dublin Airport

2012

Maxwell Photography

€551.35

Meeting with Romanian Minister for Internal Affairs

2013

MAC INNES Photography

€344.51

Justice Home Affairs Committee - event

2013

MAC INNES Photography

€50.18

EU Presidency

2013

MAC INNES Photography

€200.40

EU Presidency

2013

MAC INNES Photography

€387.93

Bilateral meeting of EU & US delegates

2013

MAC INNES Photography

€1,106.37

National Missing Persons Day

2014

Maxwell Photography

€413.28

Appointment of Chief Executive Designate to Charities Regulatory Authority

2014

Maxwell Photography

€123

First Board Meeting of the Charities Regulatory Authority

2014

Maxwell Photography

€275.52

Promote safety on Fireworks Night

2014

Maxwell Photography

€154.98

International Women's Day

2015

Maxwell Photography

€120.54

Website and other Department Publications

2015

Maxwell Photography

€516.60

Website and other Department Publications

2015

Maxwell Photography

€585.48

International Women's Day

2016

Maxwell Photography

€231.98

Launch of Report on Prison Culture

2016

Maxwell Photography

€464.94

Posthumous Pardon to Harry Gleeson

2016

Maxwell Photography

€964.32

2016 Annual Justice Conference

2016

Maxwell Photography

€136.43

Launch of Call for Proposals for EU Funded Projects

2016

Maxwell Photography

€464.94

Launch of Legal Services Regulatory Authority

2016

Maxwell Photography

€223.86

Commission on the Future of Policing event

2017

Maxwell Photography

€120.54

Forensic Science Ireland photocall

2017

Maxwell Photography

€590.40

Promotion of Someone Like Me art competition

2017

Finbarr O'Rourke Photography

€675.50

Promotion of Politics Needs Women competition

2018

David Keane Photography

€246.00

Commission on Future of Policing event

2018

Maxwell Photography

€424.35

Forensic Science Ireland headshots

2018

Maxwell Photography

€547.35

Forensic Science Ireland portrait package

2018

Maxwell Photography

€879.45

Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland event

2018

Don Moloney Photography

€200.00

Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland event

2018

Kevin McFeely Photography

€393.60

Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland public meeting

2018

Jeff Harvey Photography

€280.00

Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland event

2018

Diane Cusack Photography

€325.00

Forensic Science Ireland social photography package

2019

Maxwell Photography

€676.50

Forensic Science Ireland

2019

Maxwell Photography

€750.30

Launch of Community Sponsorship Ireland initiative

2019

Maxwell Photography

€479.00

For information, the photography costs incurred by my Department for the years 2007 to 2010 have been previously provided in response to a parliamentary question (4497/15) and are as follows:

Year

Photographer

Cost

2007

John Quirke

€337.10

2007

Maxwell Photography

€18,837.36

2007

News Digital

€497.27

2007

William Farrell Photography

€483.51

2008

Flynn's Photo Service

€354

2008

Frank Fennell Photography

€963.87

2008

Maxwell Photography

€11,951.40

2008

Sean Curtin Photographer

€418.82

2009

Maxwell Photography

€1,932.45

2009

O'Driscoll Photography

€426

2009

Tom Conachy

€283.75

2010

Maxwell Photography

€5,144.94

2010

Tom Conachy

€510.75

Total

€42,141.22

The Deputy may wish to note that questions concerning Ministerial allowances are solely a matter for the Oireachtas.

Legal Costs

Questions (690)

Shane Cassells

Question:

690. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the expenditure incurred in respect of external legal fees in each year since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32286/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to confirm to the Deputy that the information sought cannot be provided in the time allowed. As soon as the information has been collated I will write to the Deputy on the matter.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (691)

Shane Cassells

Question:

691. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the expenditure incurred in external information technology costs in each year since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32303/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised that the information sought by the Deputy is being collated and as soon as this exercise is completed I will write to the Deputy on the matter.

Garda Deployment

Questions (692, 693, 697, 733, 734, 737, 764, 765, 816, 817, 820, 847, 848, 851, 894, 895, 896, 897, 905)

Imelda Munster

Question:

692. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of core unit gardaí attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32308/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

693. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by rank, division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32309/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

697. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full complement of gardaí in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by district and subdistrict. [32313/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

733. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of core unit gardaí attached to the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32504/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

734. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by rank, division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32505/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

737. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full complement of gardaí in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by district and subdistrict. [32508/19]

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Lisa Chambers

Question:

764. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits assigned to each Garda station in County Mayo in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32586/19]

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Lisa Chambers

Question:

765. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Mayo; the number of community Gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda Reserve and new recruits assigned to the division to date since recruitment resumed in 2014. [32588/19]

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John Brady

Question:

816. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of core unit gardaí attached to the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32990/19]

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John Brady

Question:

817. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Wicklow division by rank in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32991/19]

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John Brady

Question:

820. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full complement of gardaí in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict. [32994/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

847. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of core unit gardaí attached to the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [33021/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

848. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Dublin metro south central division by rank in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [33022/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

851. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full complement of gardaí in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by district and subdistrict. [33025/19]

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Michael Moynihan

Question:

894. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in Cork north division in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33229/19]

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Michael Moynihan

Question:

895. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in Cork west division in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33230/19]

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Michael Moynihan

Question:

896. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits posted to the Cork north division in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33231/19]

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Michael Moynihan

Question:

897. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits posted to the Cork west division in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33232/19]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

905. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda division on 31 December in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and at 30 June 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33317/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 692, 693, 697, 733, 734, 737, 764, 765, 816, 817, 820, 847, 848, 851, 894 to 897, inclusive, and 905 together.

For information on the Garda Workforce please see the link below.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Workforce.

The Garda strength from 2009 to 31 May 2019 , as provided by the Commissioner, is available on my Department’s website through the link below.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/002_Garda_Numbers_by_Division_District_and_Station_2009_to_31_May_2019_c.xlsx/Files/002_Garda_Numbers_by_Division_District_and_Station_2009_to_31_May_2019_c.xlsx.

The allocation of Garda Reserve by Division from 2009 to present is outlined in the below link.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Reserve.

The allocation of Community Gardaí by Division from 2009 to present is outlined in the below link.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Community_Policing.

The allocation of Probationer Gardaí by Division from 2014 to present is outlined in the below link.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Probationer_Gardaí.

For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the link below

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures.

Garda Transport Data

Questions (694)

Imelda Munster

Question:

694. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and type of Garda vehicles attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32310/19]

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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 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 capital allocation 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.

The Garda authorities have provided the attached spreadsheet which I am informed outlines the number of vehicles allocated to the Louth Division for the years requested by the Deputy.

Garda Fleet by year from 2009 to 2019 - Louth Division

2019 (correct to 17 July)

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

4

3

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

11

1

2

1

2

17

Dundalk

17

5

0

2

2

26

Louth Division

32

9

2

3

4

50

2018

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

4

0

0

0

9

Drogheda

11

2

2

1

1

17

Dundalk

17

5

0

2

0

24

Louth Division

33

11

2

3

1

50

2017

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

4

3

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

15

1

2

1

1

20

Dundalk

23

5

0

2

0

30

Louth Division

42

9

2

3

1

57

2016

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

4

3

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

14

1

2

1

1

19

Dundalk

22

4

0

2

1

29

Louth Division

40

8

2

3

2

55

2015

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

2

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

14

1

1

1

1

18

Dundalk

20

3

0

0

2

25

Louth Division

39

6

1

1

3

50

2014

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

3

0

0

0

8

Drogheda

11

1

1

1

2

16

Dundalk

17

2

0

0

2

21

Louth Division

33

6

1

1

4

45

2013

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

3

3

0

0

0

6

Drogheda

11

1

2

1

2

17

Dundalk

16

3

0

0

2

21

Louth Division

30

7

2

1

4

44

2012

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

2

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

11

1

2

1

2

17

Dundalk

16

1

1

0

2

20

Louth Division

32

4

3

1

4

44

2011

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

2

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

12

1

4

1

2

20

Dundalk

18

1

1

0

2

22

Louth Division

35

4

5

1

4

49

Figures for 2009 and 2010 are only available on a Divisional basis, as listed in the following table

Louth Division

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

2010

37

7

5

1

1

51

2009

35

7

3

1

2

48

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

Garda Station Opening Hours

Question No. 697 answered with Question No. 692.

Questions (695, 696)

Imelda Munster

Question:

695. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the weekly opening hours of each Garda station in the Louth division. [32311/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

696. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the weekly opening hours of each Garda station in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [32312/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 695 and 696 together.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources made available to An Garda Síochána. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations and the allocation of resources in that regard.

I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the information requested and I will write directly to the Deputy when I receive it.

Question No. 697 answered with Question No. 692.

Garda Civilian Staff Data

Questions (698)

Imelda Munster

Question:

698. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of civilian staff attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32314/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda staff strength attached to the Louth Garda Division and station from 2009 to 31 May 2019, as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is outlined in the table below.

Louth

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Drogheda

13

13

12

12

12

12

11

11

13

14

14

Ardee

2

2

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

4

5

Dundalk

7

7

8

8

8

8

8

8

9

13

12

Drumad

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Dunleer

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

Castlebellingham

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Total

23

23

24

23

23

23

23

23

26

33

34

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner as of 31 May 2019, there were 34 Garda Staff assigned to the Louth Division undertaking a range of technical and administrative duties.

More generally, the Deputy will be aware, the Government's vision is for a Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 to include 15,000 Garda members and 4,000 Garda Staff. The projected 4,000 Garda Staff represents a medium-term target of 20% of the Garda full-time workforce comprised of civilians.

The continued growth of civilianisation within An Garda Síochána is supported by the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. This Report states that civilianisation should be seen as part of the strategic vision for the organisation, building a stronger skill mix and delivering a better service to the public.

Garda Deployment

Questions (699, 739, 822, 853)

Imelda Munster

Question:

699. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of juvenile liaison officers, JLOs, attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32315/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

739. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of JLOs attached to the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32510/19]

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John Brady

Question:

822. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of JLOs attached to the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32996/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

853. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of JLOs attached to the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [33027/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 699, 739, 822 and 853 together.

I am advised by the Commissioner that Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers (JLOs) are specially trained to fulfil a key role in implementing the Garda Diversion Programme. Their role includes the administration of formal and informal cautions as well as appropriate supervision of children who have been admitted to the Diversion Programme, as provided in Part 4 of the Children Act 2001.

I am informed by the Commissioner that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in the format requested, as JLOs are assigned on a Garda Divisional basis. Accordingly, for the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached table, as supplied by the Commissioner, the figures by Division in each of the years 2008 to 31 May 2019, the latest date for which figures are currently available.

For information on the Garda Workforce please see the link below.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Workforce.

For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the link below

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures.

DIVISION

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

May-19

D.M.R. EAST

6

6

6

6

4

6

6

6

5

5

6

6

D.M.R. NORTH

12

12

11

11

11

12

13

13

13

12

12

11

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

4

3

4

5

3

D.M.R. SOUTH

10

10

10

10

8

10

10

10

10

10

10

8

D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL

5

6

5

5

5

6

5

5

5

5

5

9

D.M.R. WEST

10

10

11

11

11

11

11

9

11

11

11

11

CARLOW / KILDARE

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

KILDARE

0

2

3

3

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

LAOIS / OFFALY

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

MEATH

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

LONGFORD / WESTMEATH

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WESTMEATH

0

1

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

WICKLOW

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

3

4

CAVAN / MONAGHAN

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

DONEGAL

3

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

LOUTH

2

1

2

3

2

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

SLIGO / LEITRIM

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

WATERFORD / KILKENNY

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

KILKENNY/CARLOW

0

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

TIPPERARY

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

WATERFORD

0

4

3

3

4

4

4

4

3

4

4

4

WEXFORD

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

3

3

CORK CITY

7

7

6

8

7

7

7

7

7

10

7

7

CORK NORTH

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

CORK WEST

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

KERRY

3

3

2

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

LIMERICK

5

5

6

6

6

6

6

6

4

5

6

6

CLARE

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

GALWAY

2

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

3

4

4

MAYO

2

2

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

ROSCOMMON / GALWAY EAST

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD

0

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

TOTAL

109

108

109

115

111

117

116

114

110

114

114

113

Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Questions (700)

Imelda Munster

Question:

700. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda youth diversion projects in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and the areas in which they are located. [32316/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. While the four projects are located in the areas (Dundalk and Drogheda) in greatest need, the projects also provide a service between them on a cooperative basis throughout the county, including the Ardee Garda District, with the Dundalk projects covering northern parts of the county and the Drogheda project covering the remaining parts.

GYDP Name

Garda District

Years in Operation from 2009

In operation till

Team

Dundalk

2009

Present

High Voltage

Dundalk

2009

Present

Cable

Drogheda

2009

Present

Boyne

Drogheda

2009

Present

Garda Deployment

Questions (701, 702, 703, 704, 706, 711, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 741, 742, 743, 744, 746, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755, 756, 758, 759, 760, 761, 762, 824, 825, 826, 827, 829, 834, 836, 837, 838, 839, 840, 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 855, 856, 857, 858, 860, 865, 867, 868, 869, 870, 871, 873, 874, 875, 876, 877)

Imelda Munster

Question:

701. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the regional support unit in the Louth division by rank in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32317/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

702. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the emergency response unit in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32318/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

703. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special detective unit in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32319/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

704. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support unit in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32320/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

706. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the public order unit by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32322/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

711. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to specialist units in the Louth division. [32327/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

713. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the serious crime review team by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32329/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

714. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support services by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32330/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

715. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special tactics and operational command unit by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32331/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

716. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the technical bureau by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32332/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

717. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the immigration unit by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32333/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

719. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national economic crime bureau by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32335/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

720. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national bureau of criminal investigation by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32336/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

721. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national drugs and organised crime bureau by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32337/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

722. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national cybercrime bureau by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32338/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

723. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national protective services bureau by rank in the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32339/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

741. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the regional support unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32512/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

742. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the emergency response unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32513/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

743. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special detective unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32514/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

744. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32515/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

746. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the public order unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32517/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

751. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to specialist units in the Limerick division. [32522/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

752. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the serious crime review team by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32523/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

753. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support services by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32524/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

754. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special tactics and operational command unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32525/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

755. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the technical bureau by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32526/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

756. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the immigration unit by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32527/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

758. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national economic crime bureau by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32529/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

759. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national bureau of criminal investigation by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32530/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

760. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national drugs and organised crime bureau by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32531/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

761. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national cybercrime bureau by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32532/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

762. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national protective services bureau by rank in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32533/19]

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John Brady

Question:

824. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the regional support unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32998/19]

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John Brady

Question:

825. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the emergency response unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32999/19]

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John Brady

Question:

826. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special detective unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33000/19]

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John Brady

Question:

827. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33001/19]

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John Brady

Question:

829. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the public order unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33003/19]

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John Brady

Question:

834. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to specialist units in the Wicklow division. [33008/19]

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John Brady

Question:

836. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the serious crime review team by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33010/19]

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John Brady

Question:

837. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support services by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33011/19]

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John Brady

Question:

838. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special tactics and operational command unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33012/19]

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John Brady

Question:

839. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the technical bureau by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33013/19]

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John Brady

Question:

840. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality he number of gardaí attached to the immigration unit by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33014/19]

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John Brady

Question:

842. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national economic crime bureau by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33016/19]

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John Brady

Question:

843. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national bureau of criminal investigation by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33017/19]

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John Brady

Question:

844. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national drugs and organised crime bureau by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33018/19]

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John Brady

Question:

845. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national cybercrime bureau by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years from 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33019/19]

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John Brady

Question:

846. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda national protective services bureau by rank in the Wicklow division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33020/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

855. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the regional support unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33029/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

856. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the emergency response unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33030/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

857. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special detective unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33031/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

858. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33032/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

860. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the public order unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33034/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

865. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to specialist units in the Dublin metro south central division. [33039/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

867. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the serious crime review team by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33041/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

868. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the operational support services by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33042/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

869. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the special tactics and operational command unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33043/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

870. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the technical bureau by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33044/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

871. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the immigration unit by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33045/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

873. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the national economic crime bureau by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33047/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

874. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the national bureau of criminal investigation by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33048/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

875. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the national drugs and organised crime bureau by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33049/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

876. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the national cybercrime bureau by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33050/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

877. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the national protective services bureau by rank in the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33051/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 701 to 704, inclusive, 706, 711, 713 to 717, inclusive, 719 to 723, inclusive, 741 to 744, inclusive, 746, 751 to 756, inclusive, 758 to 762, inclusive, 824 to 827, inclusive, 829, 834, 836 to 840, inclusive, 842 to 846, inclusive, 855 to 858, inclusive, 860, 865 to 871, inclusive, and 873 to 877, inclusive, together.

As the Deputies will be aware, it is the Garda Commissioner who has responsibility for managing An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters. 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.

When appropriate, the work of local Gardaí is supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the National Immigration Bureau, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau. These national specialist units which form Garda Special Crime Operations are national units which support the work of the 28 Garda Divisions across the Country and are consequently not broken down by Division.

The Serious Crime Review Team also comes under this aegis. Other examples of these include: the Special Detective Unit (SDU) which is responsible for the investigation of threats to state security and the monitoring of persons who pose a threat to the security of the State on both national and international fronts. The Unit also provides security for visiting VIPs, cash in transit movements and armed response and is the operational wing of the Witness Security Programme. The highly trained and equipped specialist intervention unit, the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is also part of SDU. As the Deputy will appreciate, for security and operational reasons the strength of the SDU, ERU, Regional Support Units and the Special Tactics and Operational Command (STOC) Unit cannot be provided.

There are Gardaí with specialist training in public order policing in each Division who are available to be called upon when required to police events with an increased risk of a public order incident occurring, such as, protests or large scale public events. The number of Gardaí called upon is dependent on the nature of the event. As such there are no Gardaí assigned to public order units on a full time basis.

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 to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,800 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide.

I am pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the vision of an overall workforce of 21,000 by 2021 remains on track. The Government has increased the budget for An Garda Síochána to €1.76 billion for 2019, which includes provision for the recruitment of up to 800 Gardaí this year. The Commissioner has now informed me that he plans to recruit a total of 600 trainee Gardaí in 2019 and 600 Garda Civilian Staff. This Garda Staff recruitment will allow the Commissioner to redeploy a further 500 fully trained Gardaí from administrative duties to frontline policing in 2019.

I believe that the injection of this large number of experienced officers into the field, along with the new recruits, will be really beneficial in terms of protecting communities. This and on-going recruitment will clearly provide the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí to deliver a visible effective and responsive policing service to communities across all Garda Divisions.

For the information of the Deputies I have set out in the tables attached additional data in relation to the current strength of Garda national units which is currently not available on our website but will shortly be added.

Strength of Garda Special Crime Operations 31 May 2019

CR

DC

AC

CS

SU

IN

SG

GD

TOTAL

Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau

0

0

0

1

3

4

12

86

106

Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau

0

0

0

0

1

1

4

21

27

Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (formerly Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation)

0

0

0

1

2

3

10

43

59

Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

0

0

0

1

4

5

12

52

74

Garda National Protective Services Bureau

0

0

0

1

3

2

16

40

64

Garda National Technical Bureau

0

0

0

0

1

2

15

46

64

Criminal Assets Bureau

0

0

0

1

1

2

6

34

44

*As of 31 May 2019

Garda National Immigration Bureau 2009 - 2019*

Year

Garda

Sergeant

Inspector

SU

CS

Total

2009

164

22

5

2

1

194

2010

154

19

5

2

1

181

2011

149

17

5

2

1

174

2012

134

15

5

2

1

157

2013

126

15

3

1

1

146

2014

120

12

3

1

1

137

2015

105

9

2

2

1

119

2016

99

9

4

2

1

115

2017

102

15

2

2

1

122

2018

96

12

4

2

1

115

2019

93

13

4

2

1

113

*As of 31 May 2019

Garda National Operational Support Services 2009-2019*

YEAR

GD

SG

IN

SU

DC

TOTAL

2009

57

7

1

1

0

66

2010

55

6

1

1

0

63

2011

53

10

1

0

0

64

2012

53

8

1

1

0

63

2013

53

7

1

1

0

62

2014

49

6

1

1

0

57

2015

47

6

1

1

1

56

2016

48

8

1

0

0

57

2017

62

10

3

1

0

76

2018

63

9

1

1

0

74

2019

62

9

1

1

0

73

*As of 31 May 2019