Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (268)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

268. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda cars operational in each Garda district area within the Cork city division; the corresponding data in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37048/19]

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.

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. In addition, 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.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table outline the number of vehicles allocated to the Cork Garda Divisions, by District, as at 31 August, 2019.

To end August 2019

Cars

Vans

Motorcycles

4x4

*Other

Total

CORK CITY

86

20

8

1

6

121

Angelsea Street

57

14

7

1

0

79

Gurranabraher

9

1

0

0

1

11

Mayfield

7

4

1

0

4

16

Togher

13

1

0

0

1

15

CORK NORTH

36

12

2

0

0

50

Fermoy

11

3

0

0

0

14

Mallow

13

4

1

0

0

18

Midleton

12

5

1

0

0

18

CORK WEST

42

11

1

2

2

58

Bandon

16

6

1

0

1

24

Bantry

6

3

0

0

0

9

Clonakilty

6

1

0

0

0

7

Macroom

14

1

0

2

1

18

I am further informed that the following table sets out the Garda fleet in the Cork Divisions as at 31 December 2019.

To end December 2018

Cars

Van

Motorcycles

4x4

*Other

Total

CORK CITY

91

19

8

3

9

130

CORK NORTH

40

12

3

1

1

57

CORK WEST

44

12

3

2

0

61

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

I should point out, however, that a total of €10 million has been made available to An Garda Síochána for the purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles in 2019. I understand from Garda management that this allocation is being used for the purchase and fit-out of over 300 for operational use in An Garda Síochána. The allocation of these new vehicles across the Garda Divisions is for Garda management and not for me as Minister.