As the Deputy will appreciate, the manner in which the resources of An Garda Síochána are deployed is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his management team and I, as Minister, have no direct role in this regard. However, I understand that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
I am informed by the Commissioner that as of 27 July 2019, there were six Gardaí and one Detective Sergeant attached to the Child Protection Unit at Mountjoy Garda Station, located within the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Central Division.
The Deputy may also be interested to hear that I have been informed by Garda management that it is expected that Divisional Protective Services Units should be rolled-out to all Garda Divisions on a phased basis by the end of this year. This expected timetable is in accordance with the target set out in 'A Policing Service for the Future', the implementation plan giving effect to the recommendations of the Commission for the Future of Policing in Ireland.
I have been informed by the Commissioner that to date, Divisional Protective Services Units have been established in DMR South Central, Waterford, Kerry, Kilkenny, Carlow, Limerick and Galway Garda Divisions. These are in addition to the units previously established in DMR West, Cork City and Louth Divisions in the initial phase of this initiative.