197. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if Garda numbers provided include those on career breaks and maternity leave and so on; the total personnel strength of a Garda station; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5447/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, including community Gardaí, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of 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 the personnel strength of An Garda Síochána on 31 December 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 12,799. Of this number, there were 98 members on career breaks, 102 on maternity leave and 31 on unpaid maternity leave.