Question No. 828 answered with Question No. 705.

Question No. 829 answered with Question No. 701.

Question No. 830 answered with Question No. 707.

Garda Reserve

Question No. 832 answered with Question No. 709.

Ceisteanna (831)

John Brady

Ceist:

831. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Reserve members in the Wicklow division by division, district and sub-district in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33005/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Garda Reserve strength in the Wicklow Division in each of the years from 2009 to 31 May 2019, as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is outlined in the following table. I am informed that as of 31 May 2019, there were 18 Garda Reserves assigned to the Wicklow Division.

Wicklow

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Bray

4

4

4

6

10

8

3

3

4

4

4

Greystones

0

0

2

3

4

4

3

3

3

3

3

Blessington

1

3

4

4

4

3

3

3

2

2

2

Wicklow

2

5

6

7

9

8

8

6

6

5

5

Arklow

1

1

6

8

11

5

4

4

4

3

3

Baltinglass

2

1

0

1

3

3

3

2

1

1

1

Total

10

14

22

29

41

31

24

21

20

18

18

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.

Question No. 832 answered with Question No. 709.

Crime Data

Question No. 834 answered with Question No. 701.

Question No. 835 answered with Question No. 707.

Questions Nos. 836 to 840, inclusive, answered with Question No. 701.

Question No. 841 answered with Question No. 718.

Questions Nos. 842 to 846, inclusive, answered with Question No. 701.

Questions Nos. 847 and 848 answered with Question No. 692.

Ceisteanna (833)

John Brady

Ceist:

833. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of crimes by types of offences in each of the years from 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in the Wicklow division by division, district and sub-district in tabular form. [33007/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of recorded crime statistics, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.

However, to be of assistance, I have asked the CSO to forward the available statistics directly to the Deputy.

Question No. 834 answered with Question No. 701.
Question No. 835 answered with Question No. 707.
Questions Nos. 836 to 840, inclusive, answered with Question No. 701.
Question No. 841 answered with Question No. 718.
Questions Nos. 842 to 846, inclusive, answered with Question No. 701.
Questions Nos. 847 and 848 answered with Question No. 692.

Garda Transport Data

Ceisteanna (849)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

849. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and type of Garda vehicles attached to the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and sub district in tabular form. [33023/19]

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 investment in 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 Dublin Metropolitan Region, South Central Division for the years requested by the Deputy. 

Garda Fleet by year 2009-2019 - DMR South Central Division

2019 (as of 17 July)

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

13

6

0

0

0

19

Kevin Street

23

4

0

0

1

28

Pearse Street 

10

4

0

0

1

15

DMR SC

46

14

0

0

2

62

2018

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

10

6

0

0

0

16

Kevin Street

21

3

0

0

1

25

Pearse Street 

13

6

2

0

0

21

DMR SC

44

15

2

0

1

62

2017

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

13

7

0

0

0

20

Kevin Street

19

2

0

1

1

23

Pearse Street 

14

7

2

0

0

23

DMR SC

46

16

2

1

1

66

2016

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

11

7

0

0

0

18

Kevin Street

22

2

0

1

1

26

Pearse Street 

12

7

2

0

0

21

DMR SC

45

16

2

1

1

65

2015

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

10

4

0

0

0

14

Kevin Street

21

2

0

1

1

25

Pearse Street 

15

6

2

0

0

23

DMR SC

46

12

2

1

1

62

2014

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

12

4

0

0

0

16

Kevin Street

25

4

0

1

2

32

Pearse Street 

13

5

2

0

0

20

DMR SC

50

13

2

1

2

68

2013

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

11

5

0

0

0

16

Kevin Street

23

4

0

1

2

30

Pearse Street 

15

4

4

0

0

23

DMR SC

49

13

4

1

2

69

2012

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

11

5

0

0

0

16

Kevin Street

16

4

0

1

2

23

Pearse Street 

22

3

5

0

0

30

DMR SC

49

12

5

1

2

69

2011

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others 

Total

Donnybrook

10

4

0

0

1

15

Kevin Street

18

5

2

1

1

27

Pearse Street 

25

3

6

0

1

35

DMR SC

53

12

8

1

3

77

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

DMR South Central  Division 

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Others

Total

2010

55

15

9

1

1

81

2009

52

13

10

1

2

78

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

Garda Station Opening Hours

Question No. 851 answered with Question No. 692.

Ceisteanna (850)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

850. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the weekly opening hours of each station on the Dublin metro south central division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, namely Pearse Street, Kevin Street, Kilmainham, Irishtown and Donnybrook. [33024/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

There has been an unprecedented level of investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The allocation to An Garda Síochána for 2019 amounts to €1.76 billion as well as capital investment amounting to €92 million this year.

The management and efficient use of Garda resources is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner and his management team, having regard to operational need.  Further, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána.  This includes responsibility for matters including the opening hours of Garda stations and the allocation of personnel.  As Minister, I have no role in such 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.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that since 2009, the Garda stations situated at Pearse Street, Kevin Street, Kilmainham and Irishtown have all been open 24 hours a day.  I am further informed that Donnybrook Garda station was open 24 hours daily from 2009 to 2011. Since 2012, it has been open from 7am to 9pm on a daily basis.

Question No. 851 answered with Question No. 692.