Thursday, 14 January 2021

Questions (168)

Willie O'Dea


168. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice the number and percentage of the Garda fleet within the Limerick division that are aged less than one year old, between one to three, three to six, six to ten and over ten years of age; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2127/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration 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.  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 at 31 December 2020, there were 3,112 vehicles attached to the Garda fleet.  This represents an increase of over 11% since 31 December 2019, when there were 2,794 vehicles attached to the Garda fleet.

I am further informed that there were 102 vehicles assigned to Limerick Division as at the same date.  For the Deputy's information the table below, as provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number and percentage of vehicles within the Limerick division that are aged less than 1 year old, between 1-3 years, 3-6 years, 6-10 years and over 10 years of age.


Number of Vehicles

% of Divisional Fleet

Less than 1 Yr Old  (2020)



1-3 Yrs Old (2019-2017)



3-6 Yrs Old (2016-2014)



6-10 Yrs Old (2013-2011)



Over 10  Yrs Old  (2010 +)






I am pleased to inform the Deputy that 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.