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An Garda Síochána

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 16 February 2022

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Questions (194)

Joe Flaherty


194. Deputy Joe Flaherty asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí who were on restricted duty when the figures were last compiled in June 2021; and the number of officers assigned to County Longford at that time. [8667/22]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, which includes decisions on the deployment of personnel among the various Garda Divisions. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of policing priorities and crime trends, to ensure their optimum use. I understand that it is a matter for the Divisional Chief Superintendent to determine the optimum distribution of duties among the personnel available to them, having regard to the profile of each area within the Division and its specific needs.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the number of members on restricted/light duties are collated on a quarterly basis. In the period April 2021 to June 2021 there were a total of 616 Garda members recorded as being on restricted/light duties during that quarter. Of this total figure, 6 members were based in Co. Longford.

For the Deputy's information, the table at the following link, which has been provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of Gardaí assigned to the Roscommon/Longford Division at 30 June 2021.

Gardaí Assigned