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108. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which she expects to be able to replenish Garda strength in stations in County Kildare, with particular reference to specific crime blackspots, and stations that have experienced a reduction in Garda strength, over the past six years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7563/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, 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.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of each Garda Station in the Kildare Garda Division on 31 December 2009 to 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, are set out in the following table.
I was very pleased that my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform agreed to the resumption of Garda recruitment. Last September, 100 new Garda recruits entered training at the Garda College in Templemore, the first intake of Garda recruits since May 2009. This was followed by an intake of a further 100 recruits in December and a third intake of 100 this month. This means that there are now 300 Garda students in training. The Garda Commissioner, will of course, continue to keep the needs of Kildare Garda Division under review within the overall context of the needs of Garda Divisions throughout the country.
I remain in discussion with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on the timing of future intakes of Garda recruits.

Garda Station 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Athy 27 29 31 34 32 30
Ballytore 2 2 2 1 Closed Closed
Castledermot 3 3 3 3 4 4
Kildare 32 33 26 27 29 30
Monasterevin 4 4 5 4 4 4
Newbridge 44 45 47 50 49 47
Rathangan 4 4 3 3 3 3
Carbury 5 4 4 5 6 5
Celbridge 18 18 17 17 14 13
Kilcock 8 8 9 10 9 9
Leixlip 33 35 34 30 38 34
Maynooth 15 15 13 14 13 13
Ballymore
Eustace
1 1 2 2 Closed Closed
Clane 8 10 11 9 8 7
Kilcullen 3 2 2 2 4 4
Kill 3 4 2 2 Closed Closed
Naas 107 101 101 103 100 96
Robertstown 4 5 6 2 2 2
Question No. 109 answered with Question No. 106.