Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Questions (644)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

644. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the number of Garda public order unit vans attached to each Garda division as of 3 November 2020, in tabular form. [35308/20]

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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.

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that as part of the overall Garda fleet, a total of 29 vehicles categorised as public order vans are deployed nationally across all Garda regions. The following table, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of public order vans attached to each Garda Division as at 5 November 2020.

DIVISION

Vans

DMR EAST DIVISION

1

DMR NORTH DIVISION

1

HARCOURT SQUARE DIVISION

16

LAOIS-OFFALY DIVISION

2

WATERFORD DIVISION

1

WICKLOW DIVISION

1

DONEGAL DIVISION

1

GALWAY DIVISION

1

LOUTH DIVISION

1

CLARE DIVISION

1

CORK CITY DIVISION

1

CORK NORTH DIVISION

1

LIMERICK DIVISION

1

Total:

29