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1000. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to the operational support services, in the Meath division in each of the years 2009 to 2017 to date in 2018, in tabular form. [34458/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that the Garda National Operational Support Unit is composed of the following Specialist Support Units:
- Air Support Unit;
- Dog Unit;
- Mounted Unit; and
- Water Unit.
These are national units that support the work of all the Garda Divisions and data is therefore only available at national level.
For the Deputy's information, the following table, as supplied by the Commissioner, sets out the latest figures as requested.
Garda National Operational Support Services 2009-2018*

YEAR GD SG IN SU DC TOTAL
2009 57 7 1 1 0 66
2010 55 6 1 1 0 63
2011 53 10 1 0 0 64
2012 53 8 1 1 0 63
2013 53 7 1 1 0 62
2014 49 6 1 1 0 57
2015 47 6 1 1 1 56
2016 48 8 1 0 0 57
2017 62 10 3 1 0 76
2018* 62 10 1 1 0 74
*Up to 31 May 2018