311. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new recruits stationed at Roscrea Garda station in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27555/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware the manner in which the resources of An Garda Síochána are deployed, including the allocation of newly attested Gardaí, is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his management team and I, as Minister, have no direct role in this regard. I am assured by the Commissioner that the needs of all Garda Divisions are fully considered when determining the allocation of resources.
Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,800 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide, of whom 57 were assigned to the Tipperary  Division. This and on-going recruitment will clearly provide significant additional policing hours throughout the country, both in terms of the increase in new Gardaí and the redeployment of Gardaí to frontline policing duties due to civilianisation of their current roles. I believe that the injection of this large number of experienced officers into the field, along with the new recruits, will be really beneficial in terms of protecting communities. This and on-going recruitment will clearly provide the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí to deliver a visible effective and responsive policing service to communities across all Garda Divisions including the Tipperary Division.
In relation to the allocation of newly attested Gardaí it is important to keep in mind that newly attested Gardaí have a further 16 months of practical and class-room based training to complete in order to receive their BA in Applied Policing. To ensure that they are properly supported and supervised and have opportunities to gain the breadth of policing experience required, the Commissioner's policy is to allocate them to specially designated training stations which have the required training and development structures and resources in place, including trained Garda tutors and access to a permanently appointed supervisory Sergeant who is thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities under the training programme.
The number of newly attested Gardaí allocated to the Tipperary Division since the recommencement of recruitment to date is outlined below. Roscrea Garda Station is not a training station, therefore no new recruits are sent there.

Tipperary 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
CLONMEL 0 4 11 4 0 19
NENAGH 0 5 5 8 0 18
THURLES 5 5 5 1 4 20