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457. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí stationed in counties Carlow and Kilkenny by station in each of the past five years; the number of vehicles in same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1411/15]

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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.
The Deputy will appreciate that, as with any large organisation, on any given day the number of Gardaí assigned to any Division may fluctuate due, for example, to promotion, transfer, retirements and resignations. However, I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of the Kilkenny/Carlow Garda Division broken down by Station on 31 December 2010 to 2013 and on 30 November 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the table.
With regard to the number of vehicles, responsibility for the efficient deployment of Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between stations, as required by operational circumstances. The Deputy will appreciate that a degree of flexibility in allocating and re-allocating vehicles among stations, so as to best match the allocation of resources with policing priorities, is essential to the efficient management of the Garda fleet. In that context I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of cars in the Carlow/Kilkenny Garda Division is set out in the table below:

          Carlow/Kilkenny Vehicles 2011 - 2015
          -
          2011
          2012
          2013
          2014
          2015
          Carlow
          12
          11
          13
          16
          16
          Kilkenny
          20
          19
          20
          25
          25
          Thomastown
          12
          13
          18
          22
          22
          Total
          44
          43
          51
          63
          63
          Gardaí
          Station
          2010
          2011
          2012
          2013
          2014
          Ballon
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Borris
          2
          2
          2
          2
          2
          Carlow
          77
          77
          74
          71
          70
          Hacketstown
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Leighlinbridge
          2
          2
          2
          closed
          closed
          Muinebheag
          11
          12
          12
          14
          12
          Myshall
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Rathvilly
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Tullow
          18
          17
          17
          17
          15
          Ballyragget
          0
          1
          1
          closed
          closed
          Callan
          6
          6
          6
          7
          6
          Castlecomer
          14
          14
          13
          12
          12
          Johnstown
          3
          2
          1
          closed
          closed
          Freshford
          1
          1
          0
          1
          1
          Kilkenny
          105
          98
          101
          101
          98
          Urlingford
          1
          1
          1
          2
          2
          Ballyhale
          1
          1
          1
          0
          0
          Bennetsbridge
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Glenmore
          1
          0
          1
          1
          1
          Goresbridge
          2
          2
          2
          2
          2
          Graiguenmanagh
          7
          5
          5
          4
          4
          Inistioge
          1
          0
          1
          closed
          closed
          Kilmacow
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Kilmoganny
          1
          1
          0
          1
          1
          Mooncoin
          8
          14
          13
          12
          12
          Mullinavat
          6
          1
          2
          2
          2
          Piltown
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          Stonyford
          1
          1
          0
          0
          0
          Thomastown
          42
          38
          36
          33
          33