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An Garda Síochána

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 10 May 2022

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Questions (644)

Sorca Clarke


644. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Justice the number of unmarked vans attached to the Garda collision forensic investigation unit as of 1 May 2021 and 1 May 2022, in tabular form. [23115/22]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. The allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions. 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.

Budget 2022 provides in excess of an unprecedented €2 billion, of which I am informed that €12m has been allocated for investment in the Garda fleet, which will mean more high visibility policing in our towns and cities.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that there were 10 unmarked vans allocated to the Garda collision forensic investigation unit on 30 April 2021.

I am further advised that there are 10 unmarked vans allocated to the unit at 30 April 2022, the latest date for which figures are available.