70. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of resources that have been spent in order to police bogland, in particular the bog in Monivea, County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17725/16]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): 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. 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 relating to the area in question so as to ensure optimal use is made of Garda human resources. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the Divisional Officer for each Garda Division to allocate personnel as appropriate.
I have asked the Commissioner for the specific information requested relating to the amount of resources that have been spent in order to police bogland, in particular the bog in Monivea, County Galway, and when this is to hand, I will write directly to the Deputy.