Written answers

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

An Garda Síochána

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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1342. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to three garda stations (details supplied), broken down by rank in each of the years 2016 to 2021, respectively. [30307/22]

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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1343. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí currently assigned to three garda stations (details supplied), broken down by rank. [30308/22]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 1342 and 1343 together.

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

As the Deputy will be aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, 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. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

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. 

The following tables, which have been provided to me by the Garda authorities, set out the number of Gardaí assigned to Bridwell, Mountjoy, and Cabra Garda stations at end December 2016 up to end December 2021 and at 31 May 2022, the latest date for which figures are available. 

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL STATION GD SG IN SU CS AC TOTAL
2016 BRIDEWELL    116 35 6 1 158
2017 BRIDEWELL    126 30 5 1 162
2018 BRIDEWELL    134 34 6 1 175
2019 BRIDEWELL 137 31 5 1 174
2020 BRIDEWELL 128 34 8 1 171
2021 BRIDEWELL 124 30 6 1 161
31 May 2022 BRIDEWELL 118 33 6 1 158

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL STATION GD SG IN SU CS AC TOTAL
2016 MOUNTJOY 169 17 4 1 191
2017 MOUNTJOY 176 11 3 1 191
2018 MOUNTJOY 185 18 4 1 208
2019 MOUNTJOY 185 22 6 1 214
2020 MOUNTJOY 170 21 8 1 200
2021 MOUNTJOY 159 20 8 1 188
31 May 2022 MOUNTJOY 154 21 7 1 183

D.M.R. WEST STATION GD SG IN SU CS AC TOTAL
2016 CABRA 52 7 2 61
2017 CABRA 51 6 2 59
2018 CABRA 51 9 60
2019 CABRA 59 7 66
2020 CABRA 59 9 68
2021 CABRA 52 7 1 60
31 May 2022 CABRA 48 4 1 53

Further 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

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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1344. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the times that members of the public can currently access assistance at three garda stations (details supplied). [30309/22]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of Garda business under Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended). The Commissioner is also responsible under Section 33 of the Act for determining the deployment of An Garda Síochána throughout the State. As Minister, I play no role in these independent functions and have no part in determining the hours that individual Garda stations are open to the public. 

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

It is my understanding that Bridewell and Mountjoy Garda Stations are part of the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) North Central Division and that Cabra Station is part of the DMR West Division. 

The Garda authorities have advised me that the following are the current opening times of the public office of each station.

Station Times Open to Public
Cabra 7am – 9pm
Bridewell 24 Hrs
Mountjoy 24 Hrs

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