Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (215)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

306 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that members of the gardaí were injured in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, recently; the action he will take on this matter; the plans he has to increase the number of gardaí to Enniscorthy Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3354/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the current personnel strength of Enniscorthy Garda station at 2 February 2004 is 30, all ranks.

Four members of Enniscorthy Garda station were injured arising from two separate incidents in the town on the weekends of 18 and 25 January 2004. Both incidents are under active investigation.

A number of persons have since been charged with breaches of sections 4, 6 and 8 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 and are currently before the courts.

The situation will be kept under review and when additional personnel next become available the needs of Enniscorthy Garda station will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda districts throughout the country.