Tuesday, 30 March 2004
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 444: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of the Garda station office at Rathcoole, County Dublin; the way in which he will address local concerns about inadequate opening hours and Garda coverage; the long-term plans for policing and a permanent base for gardaÃ in the growing community of Rathcoole-Saggart; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9933/04]
I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength of Rathcoole Garda station as at 29 March 2004 is 23, all ranks. This compares with a figure of 11 on 31 December 1997 and represents an increase of 12, or 109%, in the personnel assigned to Rathcoole Garda station since that date. Rathcoole Garda station is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
The Rathcoole patrol car patrols the Rathcoole area on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week. The area is also patrolled daily by the Rathcoole detective patrol car. Resources are augmented from within the division as required. The area is patrolled by uniform vehicles from Clondalkin and Ballyfermot as the need arises and by the divisional crime task force and the divisional traffic unit on a regular basis.
Local Garda management is satisfied that the arrangements currently in place at Rathcoole are adequate to meet the present policing needs of the area. The situation will be kept under review and when additional personnel next becomes available, the needs of Rathcoole will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda stations throughout the country.