222. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of reserve gardaí in the force in each year since 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20569/19]
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 Reserve strength in each of the years from 2009 to 31 March 2019 , as provided by the Garda Commissioner is available on my Department’s website: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/006_Garda_Reserve_Strength_2009_to_March_2019.xlsx/Files/006_Garda_Reserve_Strength_2009_to_March_2019.xlsx
For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures