Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Questions (312)

Johnny Mythen

Question:

312. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda vehicles attached to the Wexford Garda fleet as of 22 June 2020, in tabular form. [13286/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. In addition, 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.

Significant capital investment is being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million specifically for the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet and that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.

Of this investment, a total of €9 million was made available for purchase and fit-out of additional Garda vehicles in 2020. I am also informed that in order to protect the ongoing availability of vehicles and in anticipation of the impact of public health restrictions on motor factory or fit-out workplaces, 94 additional vehicles were purchased by the Garda authorities in March 2020 at a cost of €2.4m and fit-out costs of €600,000. The allocation of these and all other vehicles in the fleet is entirely a matter for the Commissioner and his management team.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 31 May 2020, there were 2,928 vehicles attached to the Garda Fleet, including vehicles attached to the national units.

The table below, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of vehicles allocated to Wexford Division as at 31 May 2020.

Wexford Division

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Enniscorthy

23

2

1

1

0

27

New Ross

8

2

0

0

0

10

Wexford

20

6

0

1

0

27

Total

51

10

1

2

0

64

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

Finally and for clarity, it may be noted that the total fleet figure included above does not include the additional 210 vehicles which have been hired by An Garda Síochána this year, to provide additional capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic.