Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (214)

Bobby Aylward

Ceist:

214. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda public service vehicle inspectors assigned to each Garda division at 9 September 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38389/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

There has been an unprecedented level of investment in An Garda Síochána in recent years. The budgetary allocation to An Garda Síochána for 2019 amounts to €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in Garda ICT, the Garda fleet and the Garda estate. In total, the Garda capital allocation has increased from €61 million to €92 million in 2019, which represents a 50% increase.

This continuing investment in people and capital supports the Government’s commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter 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, including personnel matters. The Commissioner is also responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, in light of identified operational demands.

I am assured however that Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.

The Deputy may wish to be aware that information on the Garda workforce is available at the following link: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures

Finally, I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the following table sets out the number of Garda public service vehicle inspectors and their assignmement, correct as at 9 September 2019.

Region

Division or location

Number of PSV Inspectors

DMR

DMR (Roads Policing)

2

Eastern

Meath

1

Wicklow

1

Laois/Offaly

1

Westmeath

1

Kildare

1

Northern

Sligo/Leitrim

2

Cavan/Monaghan

1

Donegal

1

South Eastern

Kilkenny/Carlow

1

Wexford

1

Tipperary

1

Waterford

1

Southern

Cork West

1

Cork North

1

Cork City

1

Limerick

1

Western

Clare

1

Mayo

1

Galway

1