Thursday, 28 January 2021

Questions (202)

Brian Stanley


202. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Justice the number of 1200cc, 1400cc and 1500cc motorcycles, respectively, in the Garda fleet. [4628/21]

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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 motorcycles. 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 pleased to have secured significant capital investment to be 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. 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 at 31 December 2020, the most recent date for which figured are readily available, there were 127 motorcycles assigned to the Garda fleet.

I am further advised that of these 127 motorcycles, there are five 1250cc motorcycles and forty eight 1200cc motorcycles in the fleet. There are no 1400cc and 1500cc motorcycles within the Garda fleet at present.