Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
Garda Transport Data
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and vehicles across the various Garda divisions are for the Garda Commissioner, in the light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no role in that matter.
I have requested information from the Garda authorities in relation to issue raised by the Deputy and I will write to her directly when I receive it.
290. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the new allocation of Garda vehicles to date in 2019 that have been deployed to each Garda district within Dublin in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37432/19]
The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.
A total of €10 million has been made available for the purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles in 2019. I understand from the Garda authorities that this allocation will be used for purchase and fit-out of over 300 new vehicles for operational use this year.
As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure their optimum use.
Detail of new vehicle allocations to date this year as provided to me by the Garda authorities, is as set out in the following table. For security and operational reasons, these tables do not include a breakdown between marked and unmarked vehicle allocations. It should be noted that the following table includes detail on the Divisions in the DMR, as well as the Traffic unit based in Dublin Castle (which is not itself a Garda Division). This table does not include detail in relation to National Units including those located which may be located in the region.
2019 Allocations to date to DMR by District as on 13 September 2019
|DMR NORTH CENTRAL||12||1||0||13|
|DMR SOUTH CENTRAL||14||0||0||14|
|DMR TRAFFIC-DUBLIN CASTLE||2||0||0||2|