Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (582, 583)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

582. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda patrol cars assigned to Mountjoy Garda station in 2018 and to date in 2019, by the existing allocation and new allocations in each year. [35271/19]

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Imelda Munster

Ceist:

583. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda vans assigned to Mountjoy Garda station in 2018 and to date in 2019, by the existing allocation and new allocations for each year. [35272/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 582 and 583 together.

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.

€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.

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.

€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 information in the table below, provided to me by the Garda Commissioner, outlines the number of vehicles allocated to DMR North Central Division, in which Mountjoy Station is located, for the dates requested by the Deputy.

DMR North Central 

 2018 Fleet Total (as on 31/12/2018)

 2018 Fleet Allocations

 2019 Fleet Total (as on 20/08/2019)

  2019 Fleet Allocations (to 20/08/2019)

 Cars

 47

 2

 46

 10

 Vans

 12

 3

 11

 1