Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

473 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí deployed to the various stations in County Kildare; if the population of the county suggests a need for an increase in personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28054/01]

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that the current personnel strength of all ranks as at 1 November of the Garda districts which police County Kildare is as follows:

District

Number ofStations

Total Districtstrength

Naas

5

118

Kildare

7

72

Carlow

2

77

Baltinglass

2

56

Lucan

1

155

Ashbourne

1

68

I am further informed by the Garda authorities that up to date population statistics are not currently available. Population statistics are only one of a number of factors used by the Garda authorities in determining the appropriate personnel strength of a Garda district.