Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Brian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
Question 538: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations in County Laois that have access to broadband; and the number that do not have access to broadband. [9777/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
The provision of Garda information technology resources is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are 14 Garda stations in County Laois of which eight are currently connected to the Garda Network providing them with broadband facilities. While the remaining six stations are not linked to the Garda Network personnel serving at these stations access the Network through connected stations.
I am also advised that the general Garda policy is to expand the number of stations attached to the Garda Network. This is a process which is undertaken in the light of overall operational requirements and the availability of financial resources.