170. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda R and J Districts in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17140/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. 
The areas referre...

552. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the reported serious deficiency in the numbers of trained forensic collision investigators in An Garda Síochána; the actual numbers of forensic collision investigators for each year since 2012; the steps he is taking to bring this critical section of An Garda Síochána up to full operational strength; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15889/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
I have requested ...

327. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of vacancies in each Garda division for Garda juvenile liaison officers as of 31 December 2015, 2016 and 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9601/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. 
I am advised by the Commiss...

89. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank in the community policing unit in Coolock, Raheny, Clontarf and Howth Garda stations in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3526/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
The stations refer...

281. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of members of the Garda forensic traffic investigations team nationally and by district in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3238/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. 
I have requested ...

217. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau as of 1 January 2017 and 1 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47965/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and Units and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am assured by the Garda Commissioner that the allocation of Gardaí is continually monitored and reviewed taking into account all relevant factors including crime trends, demographics, and security assessments so ...

489. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the number of road traffic collisions in each of the years 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017 in which there was a serious injury and in which the drivers involved were tested for alcohol at the scene; if testing did not take place at the scene, the reason therefore for the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45805/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have sought a report from the Garda authorities in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy directly when the report is to hand. 
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552. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank serving outside Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46956/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
An Garda Síochána maintains close liaison with other law enforcement agencies internationally and the work of Garda liaison officers who are permanently based in other jurisdictions and in international bodies such as Europol, greatly facilitate the prompt ex...

561. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 751 of 20 June 2017 and 533 of 26 July 2017, the number of gardaí that completed the CPD1 and CPD2 driving courses respectively in each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if different levels of insurance are required and are in place for gardaí driving on chief’s permission and those that have completed the CPD1 and CPD2 driving courses respectively; if the Garda report in respect of the number of members of An Garda Síochána driving on chief’s permission and the number that have completed CBD1 and CBD 2 courses is now available in view of the fact that it was being collated in July 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47069/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 561 and 569 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including by arranging for the training of the members and civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I am informed by the Commissioner that An Gard...

569. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 327 of 20 September 2017, the length of time the course lasts; the frequency with which courses are held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47077/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 561 and 569 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including by arranging for the training of the members and civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I am informed by the Commissioner that An Gard...

242. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí and civilians by rank and job title working in the Garda financial intelligence unit in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41609/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan):  As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
I have requested ...

211. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of members of the PSNI and An Garda Síochána who have served in the other policing service on this island under the secondment provisions of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Police (Northern Ireland) Acts of 2000 and 2003. (Question 40287/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
The Inter-Governmental Agreement on Police Co-operation obliged both Governments to introduce the necessary administrative and legislative measures to provide for exchanges, secondments and appointments between the Garda Sío...

522. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 164 of 28 February 2017, the number of vehicles seized to date; the number of those vehicles seized that were scrapped; the number of persons arrested and charged to date; if the report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35863/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the statistics relating to Operation Sign Off requested by the Deputy and I will contact the Deputy directly upon receipt of the relevant information. 
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523. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 138 of 21 March 2017, the number of drivers that paid the fixed charge notice within the time limit; if that report is now available from An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35864/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested the information in relation to Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) outlined in the Deputy’s current question and will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it is to hand. 
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524. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 90 of 28 March 2017, the revenue generated each year through the sale of those vehicles; if that report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35865/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Garda authorities that to collate the specific information requested by the Deputy on the number of vehicles seized by the Gardaí and disposed of for each year from 2014 to date in 2017, and the amount of money raised each year from the sale of the vehicles would require An Garda Síochána to manually search and review all seizure and disposals held within each Garda Division, which would involve a disproport...

525. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 124 of 9 May 2017, the number of persons who paid a fixed charge notice for driving while holding a mobile phone within the 56-day limit in each of the years 2015 to 2016, and to date in 2017; if that report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35866/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Garda authorities that Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 2006 creates the offence for a person to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while holding a mobile phone and persons detected committing offences in contravention of this section are dealt with by way of a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN). I am further advised that the following table details the number of FCNs issued in respect of persons detected for driving w...

527. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 37 to 39 of 11 May 2017, the number of those fixed charge notices that were paid on time annually; the number that progressed to court annually; the number of speeding fixed charge notices issued by a company (details supplied) that progressed to court annually; the number per District Court which have resulted in conviction annually; the number which have been struck out per District Court and the reason for same; the number of speeding fixed charge notices issued by the company’s speed vans that progressed to conviction in court annually, by District Court; the number of persons who had their licence numbers recorded upon conviction, by District Court; if that report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35868/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I understand from the response provided by the Tánaiste to parliamentary question numbers 37 to 39 of 11 May 2017 that the Courts Service is not in a position to provide the courts data requested in the Deputy’s questions, as the Courts Service systems cannot differentiate between “Speed Vans” operated by the named company and those operated by An Garda Síochána. 
My Department has, again, requested the information in relation to Fixe...

528. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 86 and 87 of 17 May 2017, the number of those summonses not served in 2015 and 2016 that were reissued; further to the statement that a summons struck out not served can be reissued at the request of An Garda Síochána, the details of same; if this is normal practice; the policies in place to enable a garda to decide to have a summons reissued or not; if that report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35869/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the statistics requested by the Deputy and I will contact the Deputy directly upon receipt of the relevant information. 
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529. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 88 of 24 May 2017 and 726 of 20 of June 2017, the number of road traffic collisions that resulted in a fatality, serious injury and injury, respectively; if that report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35870/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested the he number of road traffic collisions involving members of An Garda Síochána that resulted in a fatality, serious injury or injury outlined in the Deputy’s current question and will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it is to hand. 
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533. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further Parliamentary Question No. 751 of 20 June 2017, the number of Garda that completed the CPD1 and CPD2 driving courses respectively in each of the years 2012 to 2016, and to date in 2017; if different levels of insurance are required and are in place for gardaí driving on chief’s permission and those that have completed the CPD1 and CPD2 driving courses, respectively; if that report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35874/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As previously advised in reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 751 and 752 of 20 June 2017, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including by arranging for the training of the members and civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
As stated in my previous reply, I am inf...

540. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of knives seized by An Garda Síochána in the Dublin region in 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35974/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, a comprehensive and robust legal framework is in place with respect to knife crime including heavy penalties for breaches of the laws concerned. Under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009, the maximum penalty for possessing a knife in a public place without good reason or lawful authority was increased from one to five years. An Garda Síochána also have an extended power ...

550. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 888 of 20 June 2017 (details supplied), if the report from An Garda Síochána is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36077/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested the information in relation to training outlined in the Deputy’s current question from An Garda Síochána and will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it is to hand.
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551. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 794 of 20 June 2017, if the report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36078/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested the information in relation training in the use of Draeger 5000 drug testing devices and will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it is to hand.
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552. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Question No. 795 of 20 June 2017, if the report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36079/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested the information in relation to training in the use of Dräger 5000 drug testing devices and will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it is to hand.
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553. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 796 of 20 June 2017, if the report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36080/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department has, again, requested the information in relation to drug testing outlined in the Deputy’s current question and will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it is to hand.
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