476. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide in tabular form the number of gardaí in County Longford per station from 2008 to date in 2015; the number of vehicles for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1768/15]
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 relating to the personnel strength of the Roscommon/Longford Garda Division by Station and District from the Garda Commissioner. I have arranged that this information which is set out in large spreadsheets to be sent to the Deputy directly.
In relation 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 for County Longford for the years referred to was:
VEHICLES IN COUNTY LONGFORD 2008 - 2015