Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (246)

James Lawless


246. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of operational gardaí on duty across all stations in north County Kildare on each Saturday in August 2019, in tabular form by station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39278/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Commissioner has responsibility for managing An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for personnel matters. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the number of Gardaí on operational duty at any given time can vary, for operational reasons. The Deputy may however wish to be aware that as at 31 August 2019 there were 393 Gardaí assigned to the Kildare Division.