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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

An Garda Síochána

Photo of Jennifer Murnane O'ConnorJennifer Murnane O'Connor (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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171. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in Garda stations in County Carlow at the end of April 2021; the way this compares to the end of April 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29968/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The resources provided by government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.88 billion in 2020 and of €1.952 billion in 2021. This has enabled sustained, ongoing recruitment.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the general management and administration of the Garda organisation under the Garda Síochána Act 2005. This includes the deployment of members of An Garda Síochána throughout the State. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.

My Department publishes statistics on the number of Gardaí deployed in every division on the Department's website on a monthly basis.

As at 30 April 2021 there were 117 Gardaí assigned to Garda Stations in the Carlow District, which represents an increase of 10.4% since 2015. These Garda members are supported by 15 Garda staff.

As the Deputy will appreciate, Garda numbers can be affected by a number of factors, including retirements, medical discharges and resignations. There has been a decrease in the number of Gardaí assigned to Garda Stations in the Carlow District from 121 Gardaí in April 2020 to 117 in April 2021.

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