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388. Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a breakdown of new Garda recruits, by gender, and by county of origin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18182/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, 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 breakdown of new Garda recruits by gender and by county of origin is as set out in the table.

County Male Female
Carlow 1 -
Cavan 1 -
Clare 2 3
Cork 8 3
Donegal 1 -
Down 2 -
Dublin 22 3
Galway 9 2
Kerry 3 1
Kildare 4 1
Kilkenny 3 -
Laois 1 -
Limerick 6 -
Louth 1 2
Mayo 1 -
Meath 3 1
Offaly 2 1
Roscommon 1 1
Sligo 2 -
Tipperary 4 -
Waterford 2 -
Wicklow 2 -
TOTAL 81 18