Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Garda Strength

2:00 pm

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Question 84: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of gardaí in each Garda division on 31 December 2010. [4436/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by the Garda authorities that on the latest date for which figures are readily available, the personnel strength in each Garda Division was as set out as follows:

DivisionStrengthDivisionStrengthDivisionStrength
DMR South Central777Tipperary392Sligo / Leitrim324
DMR North Central700Cork City701Clare328
DMR North810Cork North311Mayo320
DMR East475Cork West319Galway606
DMR South632Kerry340Roscommon /Longford302
DMR West793Limerick645Westmeath264
Kilkenny/Carlow324Donegal474Meath313
Wicklow357Cavan / Monaghan394Kildare325
Laois / Offaly332Louth315Waterford304
Wexford284

Photo of Jim O'KeeffeJim O'Keeffe (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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Question 85: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the current numbers of fully attested members of the Garda Síochána, recruits in training and members of the Garda Reserve; if it is anticipated that there will be any intake of recruits in the foreseeable future from those selected by the Public Appointments Service which has successfully undergone the physical competency test, medical examination and character vetting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4465/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of the latest date for which figures are readily available, the personnel strength of An Garda Síochána was 14,364. The strength of the Garda Reserve was 703.

The National Recovery Plan 2011- 2014 outlines a reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána to 13,000 by the end of 2014. This reduction, and the rate at which it is achieved through retirements, will be taken into account in determining when recruitment will re-commence.

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