770. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the number of new motorcycles attached to roads policing units that came into the fleet to date in 2021; and the number of motorcycles withdrawn from the fleet to date in 2021, in tabular form. [53052/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. This includes the distribution of resources across the various Garda Divisions. As Minister, I have no direct role in this matter.
The resources provided by the Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.952 billion in 2021 and over €2 billion in Budget 2022, which includes €12 million for investment in the Garda fleet.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 30 September 2021, the most recent date for which the information requested is available, there was 1 new motorcycle assigned to the Garda fleet in 2021. I am also informed that no motorcycles have been removed from the fleet in 2021, as of 30 September.
The Garda authorities have advised me that there are 128 motorcycles assigned to the Garda fleet as of 30 September 2021.