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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Deployment

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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115. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda public service vehicle inspectors attached to each division in Dublin as of 28 August 2019, in tabular form. [43870/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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There has been an unprecedented level of investment in An Garda Síochána in recent years. The budgetary allocation to An Garda Síochána for 2019 amounts to €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in Garda ICT, the Garda fleet and the Garda estate.  In total, the Garda capital allocation has increased from €61 million to €92 million in 2019, which represents a 50% increase from 2018. The allocation for 2020 is increasing by a further €122 million to an unprecedented total of €1.88 billion. The capital allocation to An Garda Síochána is also increasing by 26% to a total of €116.5million.

This continuing investment in people and capital supports the Government’s commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime.

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. The Commissioner is also responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, in light of identified operational demands. 

I am assured however that Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.

Information on the Garda workforce is available at the following link:

Finally, I have been informed by the Garda authorities that there are 2 Garda public service vehicle inspectors attached to the DMR (roads policing) at present.


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