Written answers

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Transport Data

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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149. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda patrol cars and the number of other Garda vehicles, including all active Garda vehicles, including vans, jeeps, minibuses and so on, in active service nationwide on 31 January 2011 and the number of Garda cars and other Garda vehicles in active service nationwide on 31 January 2014, excluding all cars that are temporarily out of service for any reason; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12301/14]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The operation of the Garda fleet is undertaken by the Garda authorities and they have informed me that specific records are not maintained in relation to the number of Garda vehicles that are out of service on a particular date. For maintenance and other purposes vehicles are temporarily withdrawn from service on an on-going basis throughout the country. The Garda authorities have provided details in respect of Garda transport on the dates mentioned by the Deputy and they are outlined in the following table:

 -Patrol Cars/VansOther vehiclesTotal
31 January 201420543362390
31 January 201123014362737

The Deputy will be aware that I recently secured a further €9m for investment in the Garda fleet. This investment resulted in the purchase of 305 new Garda vehicles towards the end of 2013, at a cost of €5 million. These were in addition to the 133 new Garda vehicles which had already been procured during the year. The remaining €4 million has been made available for the purchase and fit out of Garda vehicles in 2014. I am advised that the new vehicles are currently being allocated, following fit out, in accordance with the Commissioner's operational requirements.

The most recent investment will bring to €18m the total amount spent on the Garda fleet for the three years 2012 to 2014. This represents a very considerable financial investment in Garda transport, particularly at a time when the level of funding available across the public sector is severely limited. It is a clear indication of my commitment to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, An Garda Síochána are provided with sufficient resources to enable them to deliver an effective and efficient policing service.

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