Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (323)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

323. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda cars in use in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44766/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached record levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. I am pleased to have secured an overall increase of €122 million to increase An Garda Síochána's budget for 2020 to an unprecedented €1.882 billion for next year.

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. €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 is being used for purchase and fit-out of over 300 new vehicles for operational use this year. A further €9 million capital funding has been allocated for the Garda fleet in Budget 2020.

As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles across the various Garda divisions are a matter for the Commissioner in light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources. As Minister, I have no direct role in that matter.

The strength of the Kildare Divisional Fleet as of 25 October 2019 is set out in the following table, as provided to me by the Garda authorities.

Fleet as of 25 October 2019

Cars

Vans

Mbikes

4 x 4

Others

Total

Kildare District

19

6

0

0

0

25

Leixlip District

8

2

0

0

0

10

Naas District

15

5

1

1

0

22

Total - Kildare Division

42

12

1

1

0

56