92. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve to deliver on the commitment to visible and responsive policing in communities throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16484/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Reserve)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the recruitment and training of the Garda Reserve and the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions. As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter.
I am advised by the Commissioner that the strength of the Reserve on the 28 February 2018 was 569. It is regrettable that there has been a substantial reduction in the strengt...

190. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will increase the age limit from 35 to 40 years of age for Garda Reserves to be eligible to apply for a Garda position; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1548/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Garda Reserve)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: The Garda Reserve was established in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to enhance the links between An Garda Síochána and local communities and consists of voluntary unpaid members, drawn from the community, to support the work of An Garda Síochána. The Reserve perform policing duties as determined by the Garda Commissioner, while accompanied by full time Gardaí. Their role is to provide local patrols and parti...