Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has received a protected disclosure in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18965/19]
435. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of rank and file gardaí in Terenure Garda station since 2012, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18401/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 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.
Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,600 Garda recruits have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide, of whom 189 were assigned to the DMR South Division, 18 of whom were assigned to Terenure Garda Station.
The Garda strength of the DMR South Division, from 2009 to 31 March 2019 as provided by the Garda Commissioner is available on my Department’s website through the following link.
The Government has increased the budget for An Garda Síochána to €1.76 billion for 2019, which includes provision for the recruitment of up to 800 Gardaí this year. The Commissioner has informed me that he plans to recruit a total of 600 trainee Gardaí in 2019 and 600 Garda Civilian Staff. This Garda Staff recruitment will allow the Commissioner to redeploy a further 500 fully trained Gardaí from administrative duties to frontline policing in 2019.
For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the following link.