487. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of marked and unmarked Garda cars and vans attached to each Garda district in the Limerick division as of 31 December 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1647/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that 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, in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015. In total in the period 2013 - 2017, almost €44 million has been invested in the fleet with some 2,000 vehicles coming on stream to ensure that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.
Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles across the various Garda divisions are a matter for the Commissioner in light of his identified operational demands and the availability of resources. As Minister, I have no direct role in that matter. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure their optimum use. Responsibility for the efficient deployment of all official 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 following table sets out detail on the vehicles assigned to Limerick Divisional Fleet as at 31 December 2018, the latest date for which figures are currently available.

Cars Vans
Marked Unmarked Total Marked Unmarked Total
LIMERICK DIVISION 32 29 61 10 8 18
Bruff District 2 1 3 2 0 2
Henry Street, Limerick District 13 21 34 3 8 11
Newcastlewest District 10 3 13 3 0 3
Roxboro Road District 7 4 11 2 0 2