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68. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Síochána stations and the number of gardaí in each station in County Laois and in County Offaly on 1 November 2010 and on 1 November 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42416/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review taking into account crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that list of stations and the number of Gardaí assigned to those stations in the Laois/Offlay Division on the 31 October 2010 and on the 31 October 2015, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the tables.
This Government is committed to ensuring that An Garda Síochána has the capacity to provide effective, visible policing throughout the country. A crucial element of the Government's strategy is ongoing seamless recruitment to renew An Garda Síochána. With this in mind Budget 2016 made provision for the recruitment of 600 new Gardaí next year bringing to 1,150 the number of new Gardaí that will be recruited since the reopening of the Garda College in Templemore in September 2014. So far 295 of those new recruits are fully attested and are on the ground in communities nationwide.
I was very pleased to announce the commencement of the recruitment campaign for 2016 last Friday, 27 November. It is being organised by the Public Appointments Service on behalf of the Garda Commissioner. Applications must be made through www.publicjobs.ie. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 5 January 2016. Successful candidates can expect to enter the Garda College from June 2016 onwards.
Laois/Offaly Division 31 October 2010

Division District Station Total
ABBEYLEIX 28
ARLES 2
BALLACOLLA 1
BALLINAKILL 1
BALLYLINAN 4
BORRIS-IN-OSSORY 1
DURROW 2
RATHDOWNEY 4
ABBEYLEIX Total 43
BANAGHER 5
BIRR 29
CLOGHAN 1
FERBANE 5
KILCORMAC 2
KINNITTY 1
SHANNONBRIDGE 1
SHINRONE 2
BIRR Total 46
CLONASLEE 2
MOUNTMELLICK 7
MOUNTRATH 4
PORTARLINGTON 14
PORTLAOISE 114
STRADBALLY 2
PORTLAOISE Total 143
CLARA 5
CLONBOLOGUE 0
DAINGEAN 2
EDENDERRY 13
GEASHILL 0
RHODE 2
TULLAMORE 80
TULLAMORE Total 102
LEIX / OFFALY Total 29 Stations 334

Garda Divison of Laois / Offaly on 31 October 2015
Division District Station Total
BANAGHER 5
BIRR 25
CLOGHAN 1
FERBANE 5
KILCORMAC 2
BIRR KINNITTY 1
Total 39
ABBEYLEIX 19
ARLES 2
BALLYLINAN 2
BORRIS-IN-OSSORY 1
CLONASLEE 1
DURROW 1
MOUNTMELLICK 6
MOUNTRATH 3
PORTARLINGTON 12
PORTLAOISE 99
RATHDOWNEY 3
PORTLAOISE STRADBALLY 2
Total 151
CLARA 3
DAINGEAN 2
EDENDERRY 14
RHODE 1
TULLAMORE TULLAMORE 70
LAOIS / OFFALY Total 90
LAOIS / OFFALY Total 23 Stations 280