Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Ceisteanna (52)

John Brassil

Ceist:

52. Deputy John Brassil asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations and the number of gardaí in each station in County Kerry on 31 March 2011 and on 31 March 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9974/16]

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. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review taking into account 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, in summary, that there were 36 stations on 31 March 2011 with 333 members assigned to the Kerry Division. On 31 March 2016 there were 24 stations in the Kerry Division with 297 Gardaí assigned to the Division.

As the Deputy will understand, there is a significant amount of information available down to station / sub-district level which he has requested. For ease of reference I have provided a breakdown of the detailed information requested overleaf for the record.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime. Key to achieving this goal is the commitment in the Programme for Government, "A Programme for a Partnership Government" to continue the ongoing accelerated Garda recruitment programme with a view to increasing Garda numbers to 15,000.

As the Deputy will be aware, since the Garda College reopened in September 2014, a total of 700 Garda trainees have been recruited with a further 450 planned to be recruited during the remainder of this year. So far 395 of the new Garda trainees have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream uniform duties nationwide. I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that 10 newly attested Gardaí have been assigned to Kerry Garda Division.

It is expected that a further 300 trainees will attest by the end of this year which, taking account of projected retirements, will bring Garda numbers to around the 13,000 mark.

We must, I believe, endeavour to make more rapid progress than this to reach our target of 15,000 and I will be engaging with my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, in relation to increasing the planned annual intake this year and in coming years.

Kerry Division 31 March 2016

District

Station

Total

CAHERCIVEEN

15

GLENBEIGH

1

KENMARE

11

KILLARNEY

56

KILLORGLIN

13

PORTMAGEE

1

SNEEM

1

WATERVILLE

1

KILLARNEY

Total

99

BALLYBUNION

7

BALLYDUFF

1

BALLYHEIGUE

1

KNOCKNAGOSHEL

1

LISTOWEL

39

LIXNAW

1

TARBERT

2

LISTOWEL

Total

52

AN DAINGEAN

8

ANNASCAUL

1

ARDFERT

2

BAILE AN FHEIRTÉARAIG

1

CASTLEGREGORY

2

CASTLEISLAND

33

CASTLEMAINE

1

FARRANFORE

2

TRALEE

96

TRALEE

Total

146

Kerry Division

Total

297

Kerry Division 31 March 2011

District

Station

Total

BALLINSKELLIGS

1

CAHERCIVEEN

24

CASTLEMAINE

1

GLENBEIGH

1

KILLORGLIN

14

PORTMAGEE

1

SNEEM

2

VALENTIA ISLAND

1

WATERVILLE

1

CAHERCIVEEN

Total

46

BEAUFORT

1

CASTLEISLAND

11

FARRANFORE

2

KENMARE

9

KILGARVAN

1

KILLARNEY

70

LAURAGH

1

KILLARNEY

Total

95

BALLYBUNION

9

BALLYDUFF

1

BALLYHEIGUE

2

BALLYLONGFORD

1

BROSNA

1

KNOCKNAGOSHEL

1

LISTOWEL

38

LIXNAW

1

MOYVANE

2

TARBERT

1

LISTOWEL

Total

57

ABBEYDORNEY

1

ANNASCAUL

1

ARDFERT

2

BALLYFERRITER

1

CAMP

1

CASTLEGREGORY

1

CLOCHAN

1

DINGLE

10

FENIT

1

TRALEE

116

TRALEE

Total

135

Kerry Division

Total

333