Written Answers. - Garda Personnel.

Dick Roche

Ceist:

156 Mr. Roche asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of personnel serving in the Garda Síochána at 31 December in each of the years from 1980 to 1990. [10280/00]

The Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of Garda personnel and resources have informed me that the number of personnel serving in the Garda Síochána at 31 December in each of the years from 1980 to 1990 is as follows:

Year

Number of Personnel

1980

9,882

1981

9,943

1982

10,831

1983

11,232

1984

11,387

1985

11,396

1986

11,382

1987

11,109

1988

10,749

1989

10,472

1990

10,601

I am also advised that the figures for the period 1980-88 include probationer gardaí who became members of the force on their first day of recruitment. This situation changed from 1989 onwards when new recruits were no longer attested until a later stage of their training.