Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Justice and Equality

An Garda Síochána

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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255. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations operational in Cavan/Monaghan at present; when Bawnboy Garda station will be reopened as announced by Government previously; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13479/24]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána, including all decisions related to the Garda Estate. As Minister, I have no role in such matters.

I can, however, assure the Deputy that the Government is committed to building stronger, safer communities and a strengthened, well-resourced Garda Síochána is central to this policy.

This commitment is demonstrated by the unprecedented provision of over €2.35 billion to the Garda Vote this year. This is a 25% increase on 2020 and includes €57 million for the Garda Capital Building Programme, which is an additional €7 million on 2023.

As the Deputy will also be aware, under the new Garda Operating Model, the restructured Cavan/Monaghan/Louth Division went live on 3 December 2023.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that within the Division, there are currently 18 operational Garda Stations in the Cavan Community Engagement Functional Area and 8 operational Garda stations in the Monaghan Community Engagement Functional Area.

I am advised that Bawnboy is being serviced by a 24 hour presence at Ballyconnell Garda station and by personnel stationed at Swanlinbar and Blacklion stations.

I am also advised that the proposed works to Bawnboy Garda station remain under consideration and will be the subject of ongoing review by the Garda Commissioner.


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