340. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to each divisional protective services units established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28056/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing An Garda Síochána including personnel matters.
Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
To date, ten Divisional Protective Services Units have been established.  The Garda Commissioner has indicated that it is expected that units will be established in the remainder of Garda Divisions by the end of 2019. The personnel strength of these units is as follows: 

DPSU D/Sergeants D/Gardai
Cork City 2 8
Kerry 2 10
Limerick 2 7
Waterford 2 10
Carlow/Kilkenny 2 11
Galway 2 13
Louth 2 12
DMR West Clondalkin 1 9
DMR West Cabra 1 14
DMR South Central 2 15