149. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the next Garda recruits will be assigned to Garda divisions; if the particular policing requirements of Border divisions such as Cavan and Monaghan will be given detailed and favourable consideration in the assignment of personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52206/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 Garda strengt...

43. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in counties Longford and Roscommon as of 1 November 2017; the number of community gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda Reserve and new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 51668/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Deputy Eugene Murphy: I ask the Minister the number of gardaí in each Garda station in the Longford-Roscommon division on 1 November 2017-----
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44. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Meath as of 1 November 2017; the number of community gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda Reserve members and new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 51660/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Deputy Shane Cassells: My question is in the same vein as that of Deputy Eugene Murphy, except that I am seeking data in regard to County Meath. I make no apologies for pressing the case for my county, because I see the pressure the division is under. This year, for example, the chief superintendent has had to pull the traffic corps from the north of the county and apply it in places like Ashbourne because of the increasing threat from gangland crime and the activities of persons operating in ...

50. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to dedicated drugs units in each division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51701/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I should say at the outset that the distribution of Gardaí is exclusively the statutory responsibility of the Garda Commissioner. 
Notwithstanding the Commissioner’s responsibility for the distribution of Garda personnel, I have provided for the record the detailed information requested by Deputy in tabular form in relation to the number of Gardaí allocated to the Divisional Drug Units. I am informed that the total number of Divisional...

271. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which he expects extra gardaí to be deployed to the various stations throughout County Kildare over the Christmas period and thereafter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52036/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 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 i...

178. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community gardaí by Garda division on 31 October 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50727/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 178 and 184 together.
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 op...

184. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress towards establishing community policing teams in each division as referenced in the Garda modernisation and renewal programme 2016 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50747/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 178 and 184 together.
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 op...

194. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the number of gardaí available in the Dún Laoghaire district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50826/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
As the Deputy will...

116. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 33 of 12 July 2017, if additional gardaí will be assigned to this division in view of the increase in crime and the particular policing requirements of counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49704/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): 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 am informed by the Garda Commissioner that th...

131. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí stationed in Tallaght Garda station by position (details supplied), in tabular form. (Question 49478/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 Deputy will ...

255. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 278 of 4 July 2017, his plans to fill the vacant Garda posts in the Edgeworthstown district (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48718/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 am informed by...

271. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community gardaí deployed at each station in a Garda district (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48929/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
This Government i...

279. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to the Donegal Garda division as of 1 January 2017 and 1 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49210/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 am informed by ...

282. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to a station (details supplied); his plans to increase the number of gardaí in this station in view of the increasing instances of theft in local shops and anti-social behaviour in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49305/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 am informed by...

283. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to the traffic corps as of January in each of the years 2012 to 2017; the number currently assigned to the traffic corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49316/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including to the Garda Traffic Corps and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am assured by the Commissioner that Garda personnel assigned throughout the country, together with the overall policing arrangements and operational strategies are continually monitored and reviewed.  Such monitoring ensures that optimum us...

285. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to each Garda station in central Dublin in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 49358/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 285 and 287 together.
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 op...

287. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of additional gardaí that have been assigned to date in 2017 to the north inner city of Dublin. (Question 49360/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 285 and 287 together.
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 op...

289. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the new Garda special crime task force has been established as recommended by the Mulvey report recommendations for the north-east inner city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49362/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Garda authorities that there was no specific recommendation in the Mulvey Report relating to the establishment of a special crime taskforce as outlined in the Deputy’s question. However, I can advise the Deputy that the Garda Commissioner established a new Garda Special Crime Task Force in the Dublin Metropolitan Region in 2016, under the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, to augment the response to organised crime ...

124. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of dedicated community gardaí in the service of An Garda Síochána in each of the past seven years; and the number of dedicated community gardaí in the Cork city Garda district in each of the past seven years. (Question 48473/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
Community policin...

127. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and position of gardaí and community gardaí stationed in Dublin metropolitan region west in each of the years 2009 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48511/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
Community policin...

129. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the number of sergeants at a Garda station (details supplied) has gone from a total of 12 in 2007 to 2008 to six in 2017; if this number will be reviewed and increased in the interest of the supervision and assistance of junior members of the force which are needed in each district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48292/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the severe economic crisis in Ireland led to the closure of the Garda College in Templemore in 2010 when a moratorium of Garda recruitment was also imposed by the then Government. The Government that came into power in 2011 had to first stabilise the public finances, bring the State to the position where we could exit the bailout, and then steer the ec...

130. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if an adequate number of sergeants will be provided in counties Cavan and Monaghan to prevent double jobbing occurring in certain stations and to ensure best possible practice for the welfare of persons involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48293/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the severe economic crisis in Ireland led to the closure of the Garda College in Templemore in 2010 when a moratorium of Garda recruitment was also imposed by the then Government. The Government that came into power in 2011 had to first stabilise the public finances, bring the State to the position where we could exit the bailout, and then steer the ec...

132. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if consideration will be given to increasing Garda numbers at Coolock Garda station. (Question 48347/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
As the Deputy will...

115. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 109 of 19 October 2017, the reason the Government has allowed such a divergence arise in the number of gardaí per capita in view of the fact there is one garda for every 447 persons in the State on average however in County Meath there is one garda for every 660 persons (details supplied). (Question 47532/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
In regard to the ...

480. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there is a Garda armed response unit based in Ennis, County Clare; if not, his plans to locate one there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45777/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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 am advised by...