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Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

An Garda Síochána

Photo of Richard O'DonoghueRichard O'Donoghue (Limerick County, Independent)
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296. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number and location of the Garda stations in Limerick city and county that are open to the public 24/7 with a Garda present; and the details of same. [23886/22]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, which includes decisions on the deployment of personnel among the various Garda Divisions. The Commissioner is also responsible for the recruitment and training of Garda members and staff under the Act and, as Minister, I have no direct role in these independent functions.

The Government is committed to ensuring that An Garda Síochána has the resources it needs, with an unprecedented allocation provided in Budget 2022 of over €2 billion.

I am assured that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of policing priorities and crime trends, to ensure their optimum use. The full complement of resources fluctuates on an ongoing basis and where a deficiency in resources is identified, the matter is considered fully and addressed accordingly.

I understand that it is a matter for the Divisional Chief Superintendent to determine the optimum distribution of duties among the personnel available to them, having regard to the profile of each area within the division and its specific needs.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that Bruff, Henry Street, and Roxboro Garda stations are open to the public 24 hours a day, and have a Garda present. Contact details for all Garda Stations in the State are available on the Garda website at:

www.garda.ie/en/contact-us/station-directory/

In the interests of transparency, detailed information in relation to Garda numbers is available on my Department’s website. This information is updated every month with the latest data provided by An Garda Síochána, and includes the number of Gardaí by station across the whole country.

The information can be found at the following link:

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures

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