Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (708)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

708. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Reserve members in the Louth by division, district and subdistrict in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [32324/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Garda Reserve strength in each of the years from 2009 to 30 June 2019, as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is outlined in the table below. I am informed that as of 30 June 2019, there were 22 Garda Reserves assigned to the Louth Division.

County

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Louth

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Drogheda

8

15

15

21

25

23

20

18

14

13

13

Dundalk

5

10

13

17

21

20

12

9

7

6

6

Ardee

2

6

6

7

9

9

9

6

4

3

3

Total

15

31

34

45

55

52

41

33

25

22

22

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that a class of approximately 100 Garda Reserve recruits commenced training on 23/24 March 2019 at the Garda College, Templemore. This is a positive development and delivers on the target set out under 'A Policing Service for the Future', the implementation plan for the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

An Garda Síochána is currently conducting a strategic review of the Garda Reserve to inform future decisions around the use of the Reserve. This approach is also in line with the recommendation in the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. The Strategy is expected to be concluded shortly and will inform the development of a Reserve recruitment drive by the end of 2019.