Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (545)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Ceist:

545. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to reduce Swinford Garda station to a part-time station; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20933/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts, the various Garda national units and of course Garda Headquarters. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Swinford Garda Station on 31 March 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 25. There are also 6 Garda Reserves and 1 civilian staff member attached to Swinford Garda Station. Swinford Garda Station currently provides a 24 hour policing service and I have not been advised of any proposal to change this arrangement.