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76. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of marked and unmarked Garda Síochána cars and marked Garda Síochána vans that were allocated to the R district as of 31 December 2015 and as of 13 June 2016. [17841/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operational demands and the availability of resources and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The information requested by the Deputy in relation to allocation of Garda vehicles to the Garda R District is set out in the following tables. I am informed that the allocation of Garda vehicles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis and vehicles are allocated between districts as required by operational circumstances.
Vehicles Allocated to R District on 31 December 2015

Cars
Vans
Total
MARKED
UNMARKED
Coolock
9
17
2
28

Vehicles Allocated to R District on 21 June 2016
Cars
Vans
Total
MARKED
UNMARKED
Coolock
9
16
2
27

The Deputy will be aware that, in recent times, the Government has made considerable funding available to provide An Garda Síochána with additional high-powered vehicles, patrol cars (marked and unmarked) and motorcycles to ensure that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community.
In summary, over €34 million has been invested in the fleet since 2012, with over 720 new vehicles coming on stream since the start of 2015, and a further €46 million is being provided under the Government's Capital Plan 2016 - 2021.