Legislative Reviews

Questions (729)

Micheál Martin

Question:

729. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeline for the completion of a review of the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989; when an announced public consultation will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32383/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I thank the Deputy for his question and his interest in my Department's work in the important area of hate crime. My Department is currently reviewing the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989, and that review is examining the efficacy of the legislation and what amendments might be required in order to ensure it is effective and fit for purpose in a modern democracy. The public consultation on the Act to which the Deputy refers is due to commence shortly and will be published on the Department's website.

Separately, the Department is undertaking research into hate crime (offences under the general criminal law, such as assault or criminal damage, that are committed with a hate or bias motivation), to learn from the approaches taken in other jurisdictions. That separate research project is well under way. This research will be completed in Q4 of this year and the results will help develop new approaches to ensure hate crime is addressed effectively in this jurisdiction.

Taken together, this work will significantly advance our understanding of what is needed to ensure that legislation in this important area protects and supports those who are targeted by expressions and acts of hatred. There is widespread public interest in reforming our approach to hate crime in this jurisdiction and this is something I welcome.  I will consider the outcomes of all of the exercises which are now taking place in my Department on this subject, and will draw on this evidence to bring forward the necessary proposals for change.

Protected Disclosures Data

Questions (730)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

730. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of protected disclosures for which he has engaged an external consultancy and or legal firm since 2014 to date; the name of the firms engaged; the year and the costs associated with engaging the consultancy and or legal firms in respect of protected disclosures; the way in which persons are protected in cases in which an external consultancy firm is engaged in respect of protected disclosures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32403/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

My Department has engaged external services to carry out independent assessments and/or investigations into protected disclosures received in the Department since 2018. The external services are primarily drawn from procurement frameworks put in place by the Office of Government Procurement. Prior to this the assessment/investigation of disclosures was carried out by the Department's Internal Audit Unit.

The independent assessment determines whether the details in the disclosure meet the specific criteria to be investigated as a Protected Disclosure as set out in the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. Where the requirements are met, the disclosure will be issued to the external investigator who will carry out an independent investigation into all or elements of the disclosure. This ensures that there is an independent and transparent process in place to evaluate disclosures received in the Department. There is regular communication with the discloser throughout the process, and the maintenance of confidentiality is a condition of the service engagement.

I am informed that 8 disclosures have been referred for assessment/investigation to 5 external service providers. The total cost for these services came to €187,023 in 2018 and 2019 to date. The 5 service providers who were engaged to carry out assessment/investigation work in relation to disclosures received in the Department and the Irish Prison Service are as follows: McCann Fitzgerald, Athru Solutions, RSM Ireland, Mazars and Raise a Concern.

Where the Department receives disclosures from past or serving members of An Garda Síochána (as opposed to members of staff of the Department), the disclosures received are issued to a panel of counsel who advise my Department on how the disclosure should be dealt with. The panel was set up in consultation with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Attorney General. 17 cases have been examined by members of the panel at a total cost of €3,690. Two cases related to An Garda Síochána were separately examined at a total cost of €14,982.82.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Questions (731)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

731. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of Ireland's ratification and implementation of Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32424/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Government’s approach to meeting the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which came into force for Ireland in April 2018, is one of sustained and ongoing improvement. Work is continuing on the reforms needed in this regard.

The National Disability Inclusion Strategy (NDIS) 2017–2021 contains a wide range of practical commitments to improve the position of people with disabilities including the provision of disability awareness training to all staff in Government Departments and public bodies. It provides a mechanism for joined-up working to deliver on Ireland’s commitments to implementing the UNCRPD, and the NDIS Steering Group, which oversees and monitors the implementation of the Strategy, has an important role in guiding progress in this area.  The National Disability Authority (NDA) guides on the implementation of the Convention’s provisions, and the implementation of the NDIS.  It will shortly conduct an evaluation of the impact of the Strategy’s actions against the agreed set of indicators.

More specifically, a series of initiatives are under way to improve access to justice for persons with disabilities as provided for in article 13.

A Policing Service for the Future, the four-year implementation plan giving effect to the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, sets out a vision based around ten key principles, the first of which is that human rights are the foundation and purpose of policing.  The plan includes a number of priority projects to ensure that An Garda Síochána is fully equipped with the support and practical tools to meet its human rights obligations.  These include establishment of a Human Rights Unit, development of a Human Rights Strategy and the convening of a Strategic Human Rights Advisory Committee, which includes membership from academia and civil society.  Further to this, frontline staff in the Irish Prison Service receive training in Human Rights, and Equality and Diversity Awareness as part of their professional formation and ongoing development.

The Courts Service are actively engaged in improving access to justice for people with disabilities as per action 18 of the NDIS and article 13 of the Convention. In the first instance, all recently completed and newly renovated Court Buildings comply with established accessibility standards and have attained Disability Access Certificates. In addition, they are also complaint with Part M of the Building Regulations which require all public buildings to be accessible to people with disabilities.

In addition to the provision of new facilities, systems to assist members of the deaf community or people who are hard of hearing have been installed in all major courthouses nationwide.

More generally, efforts have been made to make the criminal justice system more accessible in existing facilities.  Efforts in relation to existing court facilities include:

- Persons engaging with the courts may adapt hearing aids to make use of induction loops.  These loops form part of public address system in courtrooms;

- All refurbished courthouses have signage and directions at doorways and entrances and exits;

- Providing Braille versions of all signage and contact details for court offices;

- Ensuring wheelchair ramps are provided in courthouses wherever possible; and

- Ensuring that wheelchair users are able to give evidence to the court, in situations where access to the witness box may be limited.

The Courts Service has a dedicated Disability Liaison Officer, who is a member of the disability network, and presents the findings of the network meetings to the HR team, in order to maintain awareness of the most recent developments as they apply to staff and users of the service.

In parallel, the Government is engaged in a programme of extensive legal reform to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal recognition before the law. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 provides a modern statutory framework to support decision-making by adults with capacity difficulties. The Act was signed into law on 30 December 2015 but has not yet been fully commenced.  The Act provides for the establishment of new administrative processes and support measures, including the setting up of the Decision Support Service within the Mental Health Commission (a body under the Department of Health).

The Decision Support Service is working towards being operational and ready for the commencement of the main provisions of the 2015 Act in 2020.  The Deputy will appreciate that a lead-in timeframe is needed to ensure that the necessary staff resources, processes, IT system, expert panels, codes of practice and regulations will be in place so that the Decision Support Service will have the capacity to be up and running effectively. There are many complex strands to this preparatory work, including the involvement of multiple organisations.

A high-level Steering Group comprised of senior officials from the Department of Justice and Equality, the Department of Health, the Mental Health Commission and the Courts Service, together with the Director of the Decision Support Service, is overseeing the establishment and commissioning of the Decision Support Service and this work is ongoing.  The 2019 Revised Estimates Volume provides for an allocation of €3.5 million in the Justice and Equality Vote for the establishment of the Decision Support Service.

A number of provisions of the 2015 Act were commenced in October 2016 in order to enable the recruitment of the Director of the Decision Support Service. Ms Áine Flynn was appointed Director of the Decision Support Service on 2 October 2017.

The commencement of Part 8 of the Act, which provides a legislative framework for advance healthcare directives, is a matter for the Minister for Health.  The Minister for Health, under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 517 of 2016), brought some provisions of Part 8 of the Act into operation on 17 October 2016. The commenced provisions provide for the establishment by the Minister for Health of a multi-disciplinary group to make recommendations to the Director of the Decision Support Service in relation to codes of practice on advance healthcare directives. In anticipation of the completion of that process, the Minister for Health commenced the remainder of section 91 on 17 December 2018 (S.I. No. 527 of 2018).

The NDA was charged by the Department of Justice and Equality to prepare 11 draft non-healthcare Codes of Practice for delivery to the Director of the Decision Support Service. These statutory Codes will serve to guide those interveners named in the legislation, as well as other parties, on how to support individuals to make decisions in relation to particular matters, but who may experience a lack of capacity in relation to those matters. The Codes reflect the guiding principles set out in the Act, including a presumption of capacity at the outset, and a commitment to working to establish the will and preferences of the relevant person in order to facilitate a supported decision-making process where appropriate. The Codes are focused on decision-making scenarios that might arise in the areas of finance and property and personal welfare. By end July, NDA will have transferred 10 Codes of Practice to the Director, with the final Code to transfer before end of 2019.

Direct Provision System

Questions Nos. 733 and 734 answered with Question No. 692.

Questions (732)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

732. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the commencement works at the Towers direct provision centre will commence; the revised completion date; and if the new contract will be signed before or after these works are complete. [32503/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

My Department, through the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) and in conjunction with the Office of Government Procurement, has commenced a national procurement programme for accommodation centres for persons entering the state and seeking international protection. This will comprise a series of regional competitions through the State's procurement website www.etenders.gov.ie.

The Department ran a tender competition for premises within 40km of Newbridge, Co. Kildare for accommodation and ancillary services. Successful bidders were required to undertake mobilisation works to provide for cooking facilities for residents and a Food Hall (where residents can procure ingredients and food items as well as toiletries and household items through a points system) and provide designated living space for families outside of the bedrooms.  There is a 12-week provision for the completion of the required mobilisation works. No contract will be in effect until the mobilisation works are completed and subsequently inspected and verified as complete by RIA.

The provider who is currently providing accommodation and ancillary services at the Towers Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin 22 was successful in being placed on the framework. The 12-week mobilisation period, commenced on 11th April 2019, requires all works to be complete by 4th July 2019.  It was anticipated by my Department that a new services agreement for the provision of accommodation and other services in Clondalkin Towers would be signed shortly after that date.

My Department has recently been informed that the commencement of these works in Clondalkin Towers has been delayed.  RIA has agreed a further six-month extension to the current contract and sought clarification from the contractor regarding the commencement of the required works.

Questions Nos. 733 and 734 answered with Question No. 692.

Garda Transport Data

Questions (735)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

735. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and type of Garda vehicles attached to the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and sub-district in tabular form. [32506/19]

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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 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 following spreadsheet which I am informed outlines the number of vehicles allocated to the Limerick Division for the years requested by the Deputy.

Garda Fleet by year from 2009 to 2019 - Limerick Division

2019 (correct to 17 July 2019)

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff 

4

2

0

0

0

6

Henry St

31

10

3

3

3

50

Newcastlewest

12

2

0

0

0

14

Roxboro Road

8

2

0

0

2

12

Limerick Division 

55

16

3

3

5

82

2018

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff 

3

2

0

0

0

5

Henry St

34

11

4

3

2

54

Newcastlewest

13

3

0

0

0

16

Roxboro Road

11

2

0

0

1

14

Limerick Division 

61

18

4

3

3

89

2017

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff

4

2

0

0

0

6

Henry St

34

11

3

3

1

52

Newcastlewest

11

2

0

0

0

13

Roxboro Road

12

2

2

0

1

15

Limerick Division 

61

17

3

3

2

86

2016

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff

4

1

0

0

0

5

Henry St

34

13

4

3

1

55

Newcastlewest

11

3

0

0

0

14

Roxboro Road

9

2

0

0

1

55

Limerick Division 

58

19

4

3

2

86

2015

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff

4

1

0

0

0

5

Henry St

38

11

3

2

3

57

Newcastlewest

12

3

0

0

0

15

Roxboro Road

11

4

0

0

0

15

Limerick Division 

65

19

3

2

3

92

2014

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff

3

1

0

0

0

4

Henry St

31

10

3

2

3

49

Newcastlewest 

10

3

0

0

1

14

Roxboro Road

8

5

0

0

0

13

Limerick Division 

52

19

3

2

4

80

2013

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Bruff

3

1

0

0

0

4

Henry St

27

10

3

2

2

44

Newcastlewest

7

3

0

0

1

11

Roxboro Road 

6

4

0

0

0

10

Limerick Division 

43

18

3

2

3

69

2012

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Askeaton

5

0

0

0

0

5

Bruff 

4

0

0

1

0

4

Henry St

27

10

3

0

1

43

Limerick City South 

9

4

0

1

0

14

Newcastlewest

4

1

0

0

1

6

Limerick Division 

49

15

3

3

2

72

2011

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Askeaton

5

0

0

0

0

5

Bruff

4

1

2

0

0

7

Henry St

29

7

4

3

3

46

Limerick City North

8

3

0

0

1

12

Limerick City South

13

3

0

1

0

17

Newcastlewest District

5

1

0

0

0

6

Limerick Division

64

15

6

4

4

93

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

Limerick Division

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

2010

68

16

7

4

3

98

2009

62

14

9

4

2

91

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

Garda Station Opening Hours

Question No. 737 answered with Question No. 692.

Questions (736)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

736. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the weekly opening hours of each station in the Limerick division in tabular form. [32507/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There has been an unprecedented level of investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The allocation to An Garda Síochána for 2019 amounts to €1.76 billion and significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána including €342 million being invested in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021 and €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet.

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of resources available to An Garda Síochána. This includes responsibility for matters including the opening hours of Garda stations and the allocation of personnel.  As Minister, I have no role in such 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.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following spreadsheet outlines the weekly opening hours of each Garda station in the Limerick Division, as requested by the Deputy.  It may be noted that where the term 'roster dependent' appears in the spreadsheet, this means that the opening hours identified are dependent on the availability of staff in any particular roster period.

Finally, I would point out that as with all Garda stations which are not open to the public on a full-time basis, I am informed by the Garda authorities that telephone calls to a station during periods of closure are automatically routed to the nearest 24-hour station in the District.  In cases of emergency, any person can also call the 999 or 112 emergency service for an urgent Garda response.

An Garda Síochána Limerick Division

Opening Hours are indicated for stations which are not 24-hr stations

District:

24hr station Y/N

Mon- Fri

Saturday

Sunday

Henry Street

Y

Mayorstone

N

10am - 6pm

10am - 6pm

10am-1pm

Ardnacrusha

N

9am-12pm (roster dependent)

9am-12pm (roster dependent)

9am – 12pm (roster dependent)

Castleconnell

N

10am - 1pm,

5pm - 7pm (roster dependent)

10am - 1pm,

5pm - 7pm (roster dependent)

10am - 12pm,

5pm - 7pm (roster dependent)

Roxboro Road

Y

Ballyneety

N

10am - 12pm

10am - 12pm

10am - 12pm

Caherconlish

N

10am - 12pm

10am - 12pm

10am - 12pm

Patrickswell

N

10am - 12pm

10am - 12pm

10am - 12pm

Bruff

Y

Kilmallock

N

10am -1pm (roster dependent)

10am -1pm

10am -1pm

Hospital

N

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Oola

N

Closed

Closed

Closed

Bruree

N

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Ballylanders

N

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Cappamore

N

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Pallasgreen

N

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Murroe

N

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Newcastle West

Y

Drumcollogher

N

Mon, Thurs 8pm - 9pm

Closed

Closed

Rathkeale

N

Mon, Wed, Fri, 9am - 10am & Tues, Thurs, 6pm - 7pm

6pm - 7pm

9am - 10am

Ballingarry

N

Mon 11am - 12pm, Thurs 6pm - 7pm

Closed

Closed

Croom

N

Tues 12:20pm - 1:30pm, Fri 6pm - 7pm

Closed

Closed

Adare

N

Wed 12:30pm - 1:30pm

6pm-7pm

Closed

Askeaton

N

Mon, Wed, Fri 1pm -2pm, Tues, Thurs 8pm -9pm

8pm-9pm

1pm-2pm

Foynes

N

Tues, Fri 3pm-4pm

Closed

Closed

Pallaskenry

N

Wed, 3pm-4pm

Closed

Closed

Abbeyfeale

N

Mon, Wed, Fri 12pm -1pm, Tues, Thurs 7pm -8pm

7pm -8pm

12pm -1pm

Glin

N

Mon 10am -11am, Thurs 6pm -7pm

Closed

Closed

Athea

N

Tues 10am -11am, Fri 6pm -7pm

Closed

Closed

Question No. 737 answered with Question No. 692.

Garda Strength

Question No. 739 answered with Question No. 699.

Questions (738)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

738. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of civilian staff attached to the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and sub-district in tabular form. [32509/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

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

Limerick

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Henry St

26

26

26

22

21

22

22

22

22

23

27

Mayorstone

4

3

3

5

4

4

4

4

4

3

3

Roxboro

12

11

10

10

10

10

10

11

12

14

15

Askeaton

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Rathkeale

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Newcastle West

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

6

Abbeyfeale

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Bruff

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

3

3

4

4

Killmallock

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Total

57

55

54

52

50

51

51

51

52

55

61

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that as of 30 June 2019, there were 61 Garda Staff assigned to the Limerick Division. As of 31 May 2019, there were 2,675 Garda Staff employed by An Garda Síochána undertaking a range of administrative and technical duties across the organisation.

More generally, the Deputy will be aware that 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.

Question No. 739 answered with Question No. 699.

Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Questions Nos. 741 to 744, inclusive, answered with Question No. 701.

Question No. 745 answered with Question No. 705.

Question No. 746 answered with Question No. 701.

Question No. 747 answered with Question No. 707.

Questions (740)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

740. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda youth diversion projects in the Limerick division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and the areas in which they are located. [32511/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The information requested by the Deputy for the Limerick Division is set out in the following table. Three of the Limerick city projects are managed by Limerick Youth Services and operate in a coordinated way, including in relation to provision of an outreach service to the east of the county.

Project

Garda District

Years in operation from 2009

In operation until

Ballynanty

Henry St.

2009

Present

Moyross

Henry St.

2009

Present

Irishtown

Henry St.

2009

Present

King's Island

Henry St.

2009

Present

Rathkeale

Newcastlewest

2015

Present

Southside Youth Initiative

Henry St.

2009

Present

West Limerick

Newcastlewest

2009

Present

Questions Nos. 741 to 744, inclusive, answered with Question No. 701.
Question No. 745 answered with Question No. 705.
Question No. 746 answered with Question No. 701.
Question No. 747 answered with Question No. 707.

Garda Reserve

Question No. 749 answered with Question No. 709.

Questions (748)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

748. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Reserve members in the Limerick division by division, district and sub-district in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32519/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Reserve strength in each of the years from 2009 to 30 June 2019, as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is outlined in the following table. I am informed that as of 31 May 2019, there were 25 Garda Reserves assigned to the Limerick Division.

Limerick

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Henry St

15

20

22

25

26

25

27

18

13

11

10

Roxboro Rd

1

5

11

14

19

21

20

13

12

11

11

Galbally

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mayorstone Rd

 

0

 

7

 

7

7

7

5

6

5

4

 

4

 

4

Total

16

32

41

47

52

51

53

36

29

26

25

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that a class of approximately 100 Garda Reserve recruits commenced training on 23/24 March 2019 at the Garda College, Templemore. This is a positive development and delivers on the target set out under 'A Policing Service for the Future', the implementation plan for the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

An Garda Síochána is currently conducting a strategic review of the Garda Reserve to inform future decisions around the use of the Reserve. This approach is also in line with the recommendation in the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. The Strategy is expected to be concluded shortly and will inform the development of a Reserve recruitment drive by the end of 2019.

Question No. 749 answered with Question No. 709.

Crime Data

Questions (750)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

750. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of crimes per annum by type of offence in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019 in the Limerick division by division, district and sub-district in tabular form. [32521/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of recorded crime statistics, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.

However, to be of assistance, I have asked the CSO to forward the available statistics directly to the Deputy.