Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
250. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the arrangements in place in which Garda stations are not open and a person makes a phone call to that local Garda station; if these calls will be automatically transferred to a further Garda station in the region that is opened on a 24-hour basis and can answer the phone calls; if they are not directed to another Garda station that is also closed, the arrangements in place to ensure this happens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9307/19]
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, in accordance with operational need and policing priorities. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations, their opening hours and related matters. As Minister, I have no direct role in that matter.
I have asked the Commissioner for the specific information requested and I will write directly to the Deputy when I receive it.
251. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the additional accommodation for the Garda station in Mullingar, County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9312/19]
The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.