Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (24)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

24. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda marked and unmarked cars and vehicles assigned to each Garda station in the Meath division. [40168/19]

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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 wish to be aware that €10 million capital funding has been made 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 following information, as provided to me by the Garda Commissioner, sets out the number of vehicles allocated to the Meath Division as at 30 September 2019.

Meath Division

Cars

Vans

Motorbikes 

* 4x4

Others

Total

Ashbourne District

14

5

1

1

0

21

Kells District

7

1

0

0

0

8

Navan Dist.

11

5

0

0

0

16

Trim District

9

1

0

0

0

10

Total

41

12

1

1

0

55

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

For security and operational reasons, these tables do not include a breakdown between marked and unmarked vehicle allocations.