Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (599)

Richard O'Donoghue

Question:

599. Deputy Richard O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Justice the number of cars, jeeps and motorcycles attached to the Limerick roads policing unit as of 31 December 2019 and 8 February 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8142/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána and deployment of resources. This includes responsibility for personnel matters and the distribution of personnel across the various Garda Divisions, including Roads Policing 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 advised that the responsibility for the efficient deployment of all official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between Stations as required by operational circumstances.

The Garda Commissioner established the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau to ensure a consistent approach to road safety and enforcement of road traffic legislation across the country. This is achieved through coordination of enforcement and development of policy based on research and analysis of statistics and by engaging in campaigns in partnership with other State agencies.

I understand that in addition to a focus on the lifesaver offences of speeding, seatbelts, mobile phones and driving under the influence, Divisional Roads Policing Units work closely with other relevant Divisional Units to target known criminals and to disrupt their activities through strict enforcement of road traffic legislation.

The table below, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, shows the breakdown of vehicles attached to the Roads Policing Unit in Limerick Division as of the dates requested by the Deputy.

Limerick Division – Roads Policing Duty

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Cars

Vans

Motorbikes

4 x 4

Others

Total

10/02/2021

4

0

5

1

0

10

31/12/2019

6

1

3

1

0

11