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206. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of women who are currently members of An Garda Síochána; the extent to which this number, as a percentage of the total force, has as fluctuated annually over the past eight years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35726/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have been advised by the Garda Commissioner that the information sought by the Deputy is as set out in the following table.
Strength of An Garda Síochána

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 *2015
Strength 14,412 14,547 14,377 13,894 13,424 13,159 12,799 12,799
Female 3,130 3,402 3,446 3,402 3,363 3,335 3,306 3,319
% 21.7% 23.4% 24% 24.5% 25.1% 25.3% 25.8% 25.9%
*end of August 2015