Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Data

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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335. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of inspectors in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda division from 2011 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2857/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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The Garda Commissioner is statutorily responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and deployment of resources.  As Minister, I have no responsibility for 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 their optimum use.

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2020 of €1.88 billion. This level of funding is enabling sustained, ongoing recruitment of Garda members and staff and as a result, An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation. 

There are now approximately 14,300 Gardaí nationwide, supported by over 2,900 Garda staff and these numbers are continuing to grow.  It may be noted that the increasing number of Garda staff is allowing the Commissioner to redeploy Gardaí from administrative to mainstream policing duties, where their training and expertise can be used to best effect. Taken together, this increase in the number of both Garda members and staff is delivering a significant increase in operational policing hours nationwide.  

Details on the overall number of Garda members assigned to Garda Divisions throughout the State, including the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division, are available on my Department's website at the following link: http://justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Workforce  

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of Inspectors assigned to Cavan/ Monaghan Division between 2011 and to date in 2020, as requested by the Deputy, is as set out in the following table:

Year Garda Inspectors in the Cavan/Monaghan Division
December 2011 6
December 2012 4
December 2013 5
December 2014 6
December 2015 5
December 2016 6
December 2017 7
December  2018 7
December 2019 7
January 2020 7

Details in relation to the number of Garda staff assigned to the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division are also available on my Department's website at the following link:


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