Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Questions (515)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

515. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the number of unmarked cars, jeeps and vans attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau as of 30 November 2020, in tabular form. [41440/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

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 and national units.  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 the Garda authorities that as of 30 November 2020 there were 31 vehicles attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau. For the Deputy's information, the following table, as provided to me by the Garda authorities, breaks down the number of vehicles.

Cars

Vans

Bikes

4x4

Others

Total

27

2

0

1

1

31

All vehicles in the GNIB fleet are unmarked.