Written answers

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

An Garda Síochána

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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387. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to the drugs unit in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda division. [46793/22]

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. As Minister, I have no role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that at 31 August 2022, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 385 Garda members assigned to Cavan/Monaghan Division which represents an increase of 21% since end December 2016.

I am further informed that as of the same date there was 1 Garda and 1 Sergeant attached to the Drugs unit in Cavan/Monaghan Division.

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.

In the interests of transparency, further detailed information in relation to Garda numbers can be found 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:



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