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146. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda cars attached to each district in the Galway Garda division in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25744/19]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.
The Deputy may also wish to be aware that a total of €10 million has been made available for the purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles in 2019. I understand from the Garda authorities that this allocation will be used for purchase and fit-out of over 300 new vehicles for operational use this year.
As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, 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.
The Garda authorities advise that the following table outlines the Galway Divisional Fleet by District from 2014 to 14 June 2019.

1 Jan - 14 June 2019 Cars Vans Mbikes 4x4 *Others Total
BALLINASLOE DISTRICT 6 1 0 0 0 7
CLIFDEN DISTRICT 5 2 0 0 0 7
GALWAY DISTRICT 27 13 4 3 4 51
LOUGHREA DISTRICT 9 3 0 0 0 12
SALTHILL DISTRICT 8 2 0 0 0 10
TUAM DISTRICT 10 2 2 0 1 15
GALWAY DIVISION 65 23 6 3 5 102
31 December 2018 Cars Vans Mbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
BALLINASLOE DISTRICT 6 1 0 0 0 7
CLIFDEN DISTRICT 6 2 0 0 0 8
GALWAY DISTRICT 27 12 4 3 4 50
LOUGHREA DISTRICT 8 3 0 0 0 11
SALTHILL DISTRICT 9 2 0 1 0 12
TUAM DISTRICT 10 2 2 0 0 14
GALWAY DIVISION 66 22 6 4 4 102
31 December 2017 Cars Vans Mbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
BALLINASLOE DISTRICT 7 1 0 0 0 8
CLIFDEN DISTRICT 6 1 0 0 0 7
GALWAY DISTRICT 26 8 3 0 2 39
LOUGHREA DISTRICT 8 2 0 0 0 10
SALTHILL DISTRICT 10 3 0 2 1 16
TUAM DISTRICT 10 1 2 0 0 13
GALWAY DIVISION 67 16 5 2 3 93
31 December 2016 Cars Vans Mbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
BALLINASLOE DISTRICT 5 2 0 0 0 7
CLIFDEN DISTRICT 7 1 0 0 0 8
GALWAY DISTRICT 27 11 6 1 1 46
LOUGHREA DISTRICT 8 2 0 0 0 10
SALTHILL DISTRICT 8 2 0 3 0 13
TUAM DISTRICT 9 2 2 0 0 13
GALWAY DIVISION 64 20 8 4 1 97
31 December 2015 Cars Vans Mbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
BALLINASLOE DISTRICT 4 1 0 0 0 5
CLIFDEN DISTRICT 3 1 0 0 0 4
GALWAY DISTRICT 29 7 4 1 1 42
LOUGHREA DISTRICT 6 2 0 0 1 9
SALTHILL DISTRICT 9 1 0 1 0 11
TUAM DISTRICT 8 1 1 0 0 10
GALWAY DIVISION 59 13 5 2 2 81
31 December 2014 Cars Vans Mbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
BALLINASLOE DISTRICT 4 1 0 0 1 6
CLIFDEN DISTRICT 4 1 0 0 0 5
GALWAY DISTRICT 27 7 5 2 0 41
LOUGHREA DISTRICT 4 2 0 0 1 7
SALTHILL DISTRICT 10 1 0 0 0 11
TUAM DISTRICT 7 1 2 0 0 10
GALWAY DIVISION 56 13 7 2 2 80

*The category 'others' refers to MPV, SUV, Minibus or Prisoner Conveyance Vehicles