Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ceisteanna (143)

Thomas Pringle

Ceist:

143. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda cars and vans attached to each Garda district in the Donegal Garda division as of 31 December 2018 and 11 November 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48059/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached record levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion and this is increasing further to an unprecedented €1.882 billion for 2020.

Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána. €10 million was made available for the Garda fleet this year. A further €9million will be provided next year as part of an overall investment of €46 million in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. I am informed that this year's funding is being used for the purchase and fit-out of over 300 vehicles. My intention is that a further €1 million funding for the fleet will be included in additional funding to be provided to the Garda Vote before the end of the year.

It is important to be clear that under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner has responsibility for management of An Garda Síochána. He is responsible for the allocation and efficient use of Garda resources, in light of operational demands. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review, to ensure their optimum use.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a total of 65 vehicles were assigned to the Garda fleet in Donegal Division as at 31 December 2018; and a total of 62 vehicles were assigned to the Garda fleet in Donegal Division as at 18 November 2019. The following table, provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the breakdown of those totals by category of vehicle and District.

District

2018

2018

2019 (as of 11 November)

2019 (as of 11 November)

Cars

Vans

Cars

Vans

Ballyshannon

14

4

16

3

Buncrana

10

2

9

2

Letterkenny

19

6

19

6

Milford

8

2

5

2

The Deputy may also wish to be aware that a further 12 vehicles are due to be allocated in the near future to the North West Region in which Donegal is located.