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337. Deputy Mark Ward asked the Minister for Justice the number of full-time gardaí currently based in Rathcoole Garda station by rank. [55251/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) for the management and administration of Garda business, including the recruitment and training of Garda members and staff. The Commissioner is also responsible, under Section 33 of the Act, for the distribution of the Garda Síochána throughout the State. As Minister, I play no role in these independent functions. 
I am advised, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continuous review to ensure their optimum use in light of a number of factors, including but not limited to, operational demand, emerging crime trends etc.
I have been advised by the Garda authorities that Rathcoole Garda Station is part of the Clondalkin District and is located in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) West Division. As of the 31 October 2021, the latest date for when figures are available, DMR West has a total strength of 746 members of all ranks assigned. This is an increase of 58 members, or almost 8.5%, since the end of 2015. 
The following table provides the breakdown of members assigned by station to the Clondalkin District as of 31 October 2021 by rank for the Deputy's information.

STATION SUP INSP SGT GDA TOTAL
BALLYFERMOT 2 12 64 78
CLONDALKIN 1 6 11 94 112
RATHCOOLE 1 17 18
- 1 8 24 175 208