326. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will increase the number of mountain bicycles allocated to the Garda Síochána R district; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42653/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of policing resources, including Garda transport, are an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operational demands and the availability of resources.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are currently 12 official issue mountain bikes allocated to the DMR North Division. The breakdown of which is as follows:

Garda Station No of Mountain Bikes
Coolock Garda Station 6
Swords Garda Station 4
Malahide Garda Station 2

An additional 100 mountain bikes have been purchased by An Garda Síochána recently and will be allocated across the country as determined by the Garda Commissioner having regard to operational requirements.