Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (694)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

694. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and type of Garda vehicles attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32310/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.

The Deputy may also wish to be aware that a capital allocation of €10 million has been made available for the purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles in 2019. I understand from the Garda authorities that this allocation will be used for purchase and fit-out of over 300 new vehicles for operational use this year.

As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure their optimum use.

The Garda authorities have provided the attached spreadsheet which I am informed outlines the number of vehicles allocated to the Louth Division for the years requested by the Deputy.

Garda Fleet by year from 2009 to 2019 - Louth Division

2019 (correct to 17 July)

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

4

3

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

11

1

2

1

2

17

Dundalk

17

5

0

2

2

26

Louth Division

32

9

2

3

4

50

2018

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

4

0

0

0

9

Drogheda

11

2

2

1

1

17

Dundalk

17

5

0

2

0

24

Louth Division

33

11

2

3

1

50

2017

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

4

3

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

15

1

2

1

1

20

Dundalk

23

5

0

2

0

30

Louth Division

42

9

2

3

1

57

2016

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

4

3

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

14

1

2

1

1

19

Dundalk

22

4

0

2

1

29

Louth Division

40

8

2

3

2

55

2015

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

2

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

14

1

1

1

1

18

Dundalk

20

3

0

0

2

25

Louth Division

39

6

1

1

3

50

2014

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

3

0

0

0

8

Drogheda

11

1

1

1

2

16

Dundalk

17

2

0

0

2

21

Louth Division

33

6

1

1

4

45

2013

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

3

3

0

0

0

6

Drogheda

11

1

2

1

2

17

Dundalk

16

3

0

0

2

21

Louth Division

30

7

2

1

4

44

2012

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

2

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

11

1

2

1

2

17

Dundalk

16

1

1

0

2

20

Louth Division

32

4

3

1

4

44

2011

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

Ardee

5

2

0

0

0

7

Drogheda

12

1

4

1

2

20

Dundalk

18

1

1

0

2

22

Louth Division

35

4

5

1

4

49

Figures for 2009 and 2010 are only available on a Divisional basis, as listed in the following table

Louth Division

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

2010

37

7

5

1

1

51

2009

35

7

3

1

2

48

*The category 'others' refers to MPV, SUV, Minibus or Prisoner Conveyance Vehicles