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199. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new gardaí recruited during the past ten years; the number of gardaí who have retired during the past ten years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5449/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): One of the primary functions of the Garda Commissioner under the Garda Síochána Acts, is to direct and control An Garda Síochána. 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 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 number of intakes and departures (which includes retirements, resignations and dismissals) to and from An Garda Síochána on 31 December 2005 -2014 and on 31 January 2015, the latest date for which figures are readily available, is as set out in the table:

Year
‘05
‘06
‘07
‘08
‘09
‘10
‘11
‘12
‘13
‘14
‘15
Intakes
1,125
1,114
1,026
926
200
0
0
0
0
200
100
Departures
462
403
289
341
776
407
480
462
335
291
21
Question No. 200 answered with Question No. 182.