442. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda vehicles, including bicycles, in each of the three policing districts located within a division (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1141/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The Government's Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet, to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet. This is in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015. In total from 2013 to 2017, almost €44 million has been invested in the fleet with some 2,000 vehicles coming on stream in that period to ensure that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles across the various Garda divisions are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources. As Minister, I have no role in that matter.
However I understand from the Garda authorities that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. Responsibility for the efficient deployment of all official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between districts and stations, as required by operational requirements.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information as requested by the Deputy, namely the number of Garda vehicles and bicycles assigned to DMR North Central, is as set out in the following tables.
|DMR North Central - Bicycles|
|Store Street District||24|
|Fitzgibbon Street District||4|
|DMR NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION||47||12||2||3||5||69|
|FITZGIBBON STREET DISTRICT||12||3||0||2||0||17|
|STORE STREET DISTRICT||23||5||1||1||1||31|