271. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 484 of 12 June 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the downgrading of the facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39662/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources across the various Garda divisions are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources.
Further, station designations or status is a matter for the office of Deputy Commissioner Policing and Security, in conjunction with District and Divisional Officers, having regard to the policing requirements of the area and the surrounding communities. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matter.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that on foot of a district and station rationalisation programme, Thurles and Templemore Districts were amalgamated, with the sub-districts of Templemore split between Thurles and Nenagh Garda Districts.
I am further informed that Roscrea Garda Station was formerly a sub-district of Templemore Garda District. Due to the recent boundary changes, Roscrea is now a sub-district of Nenagh Garda District.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that there has been no downgrading of Roscrea station, which I understand operates on a 24-hour basis.