Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Ceisteanna (104)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

104. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 268 of 17 September 2019, the number of Garda vehicles available in working order and operational in each Garda district within the Cork city division at the end of each of the years 2015 to 2018 and as at 20 September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39022/19]

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 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 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 attached table sets out the number of vehicles allocated to the Cork City Division, broken down by District, from 2015 to date, as requested by the Deputy.

I should also point out 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.

Garda Fleet in Cork City Division, 2015 -2019 (correct as of 20 September 2019)

2019 (as of 20/9/19)

Cars

Vans

Motorbikes

4x4

*Others

Total

ANGELSEA STREET DISTRICT

56

14

7

1

0

78

GURRANABRAHER DISTRICT

9

1

0

0

1

11

MAYFIELD DISTRICT

8

4

1

0

4

17

TOGHER DISTRICT

13

1

0

0

1

15

CORK CITY DIVISION

86

20

8

1

6

121

2018

Cars

Vans

Motorbikes

4x4

*Others

Total

ANGELSEA STREET DISTRICT

55

13

7

3

4

82

GURRANABRAHER DISTRICT

11

1

0

0

1

13

MAYFIELD DISTRICT

11

4

1

0

4

20

TOGHER DISTRICT

14

1

0

0

0

15

CORK CITY DIVISION

91

19

8

3

9

130

2017

Cars

Vans

Motorbikes

4x4

*Others

Total

ANGELSEA STREET DISTRICT

67

15

7

3

4

96

GURRANABRAHER DISTRICT

12

1

0

0

1

14

MAYFIELD DISTRICT

10

3

1

0

4

18

TOGHER DISTRICT

11

1

0

0

0

12

CORK CITY DIVISION

100

20

8

3

9

140

2016

Cars

Vans

Motorbikes

4x4

*Others

Total

ANGELSEA STREET DISTRICT

65

17

8

4

6

100

GURRANABRAHER DISTRICT

11

1

0

0

1

13

MAYFIELD DISTRICT

9

2

1

0

3

15

TOGHER DISTRICT

14

1

0

0

1

16

CORK CITY DIVISION

99

21

9

4

11

144

2015

Cars

Vans

Motorbikes

4x4

*Others

Total

ANGELSEA STREET DISTRICT

65

16

4

2

2

89

GURRANABRAHER DISTRICT

8

1

0

0

1

10

MAYFIELD DISTRICT

9

3

0

0

2

14

TOGHER DISTRICT

13

1

0

0

1

15

CORK CITY DIVISION

95

21

4

2

6

128

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