Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

An Garda Síochána

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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429. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new unmarked Garda vans that came into the fleet in 2018, 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and the number of unmarked vans withdrawn from the fleet during the same period. [49361/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána, including the purchase, allocation, and effective and efficient use of Garda vehicles. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the purchase and allocation of Garda vehicles is determined on the basis of identified operational demands and the availability of resources, and decisions regarding the purchase and allocation of Garda vehicles are reviewed on a continual basis.

I have been provided by the Garda authorities with the below table, outlining a yearly breakdown of the number of unmarked vans allocated to the Garda Fleet.

Year Unmarked Vans
2021* 34
2020 11
2019 19
2018 35

I have also been provided by the Garda authorities with the following table, outlining a yearly breakdown of the number of unmarked vans removed from the Garda Fleet.

Year Unmarked vans
2021* 4
2020 4
2019 13
2018 29

*Figure for 2021 is up to 8 October 2021. Figures are operational and subject to change.

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