Thursday, 10 December 2020

Questions (65)

Darren O'Rourke


65. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí assigned to each Garda station in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41641/20]

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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 the management and administration of An Garda Síochána.  Further, the allocation of Garda resources is made in light of identified operational demands, including deployment of personnel among the Garda Divisions. As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter.

An Garda Síochána has been allocated an unprecedented budget of €1.952 billion for 2021. The significant level of funding provided over recent years is enabling sustained, ongoing recruitment of Garda members and staff.  As a result, there are now some 14,600 Garda members and over 3,000 Garda staff nationwide.  

I have been advised by Garda authorities that as of 31 October 2020, there were 336 Gardaí assigned to County Meath.  This represents an increase of 21% since 2015 when there were 277 Gardaí assigned to the Division.

The Deputy may wish to know that detailed information in relation to Garda numbers is available on my Department’s website.  This information is updated every month with the latest data provided by An Garda Síochána. 

I am further informed that to ensure the continued level of delivery of policing services within Garda Divisions, local and Senior Garda Management are consulted during the allocation of personnel and are responsible for the specific deployment / assignment of duties being undertaken at Divisional level. The situation remains closely monitored by the Garda Senior Leadership Team, particularly in view of commitments to the continued roll-out of the Operating Model of policing at Divisional level to ensure optimum use of all Garda Resources in providing the best possible Garda service to the community.