474. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a breakdown, in tabular form, of the most up-to-date numbers of gardaí by district and division; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1757/15]


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. I have received the information from the Garda Commissioner on the personnel strength by Station, District and Division. I have arranged that this information which is set out in large spreadsheets to be sent to the Deputy directly.