Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (112)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

112. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda vehicles that were allocated to Wexford Garda division in 2018; and the number of vehicles removed from the division in 2018. [3252/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

There has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years.  The Government's Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet, to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet to ensure that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.  This is in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015.

The Deputy will appreciate that it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including responsibility for the distribution of Garda funding and resources, including allocation of Garda vehicles, among the various Garda divisions.  As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter.

I understand however that Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following tables identify the number and type of new Garda vehicles that were allocated to and removed from Wexford Division in 2018.

Wexford Division – 2018 New Allocations

 

Cars

Vans

4X4

Total

Wexford Division

2

2

2

6

Enniscorthy District

1

0

1

2

New Ross District

0

1

0

1

Wexford District

1

1

1

3

Wexford Division – 2018 Removals

 

Marked Cars

Unmarked Cars

Total

Wexford Div

2

1

3

Wexford

1

1

2

New Ross

1

0

1