446. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda community relations vans that came into the fleet in 2013 and 2014; the number that were withdrawn during the same period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23278/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operational demands and the availability of resources. 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 advised by the Garda authorities that the information requested by the Deputy is as shown in the following table:
The Deputy will be aware that I recently secured a further €10 million for investment in the Garda fleet of which €7 million was made available in 2014. This funding brings the total investment in the Garda fleet in 2014 to €11 million. The remaining €3 million is being made available for the purchase and fit out of additional Garda vehicles in 2015.
In October, 2014, an order was placed for 370 new vehicles. These vehicles were delivered towards the end of 2014, and following fit out, are being allocated in accordance with the Garda Commissioner's operational requirements. I am further advised that the allocation of resources at both Divisional and District level, including the provision and deployment of Garda Community Relations vans, is subject to ongoing analysis and review.