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312. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the actions her Department is taking to monitor jihadis from Britain and mainland Europe who may be using Ireland as a transit point on the way to Syria and Iraq; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2226/15]

313. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the instances where licence numbers are not recorded in court under drink driver prosecutions. [2262/15]

314. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prosecutions so far brought under the Road Traffic Act 2006 (restriction on Use of Mobile Phones) Regulations 2014; and if the Garda is enforcing this law. [2263/15]

315. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding setting a date to hold a referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2479/15]

316. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will support the Miami showband massacre survivors in their efforts for justice and truth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2577/15]

317. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views that persons are subject to sufficient rigour within the jurisdiction in relation to bankruptcy arrangements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2614/15]

318. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the mechanism she has put in place to address the issue of irregularities in the case of a person (details supplied); if she will initiate a full independent public inquiry into the tragic killing of this person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2210/15]

319. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who are married to, or in civil partnerships with, Irish citizens who were not granted family reunification visas in the years 2011 to 2014, inclusive. [2228/15]

320. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who are married to, or in civil partnerships with, Irish citizens who were granted family reunification visas in the years 2011 to 2014, inclusive. [2229/15]

321. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will review and facilitate an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2238/15]

322. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress in determination of an application pursuant to the provisions of section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2251/15]

323. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of court exemption orders that were issued to permit a marriage where one or both of the spouses were below the age of 18 years in 2010 to 2014, inclusive; her plans for legislative changes in this area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2435/15]

324. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will sanction additional resources, extra personnel and new vehicles for An Garda Síochána for the Ballycullen, Dublin 24, area to allow for effective action to be taken in respect of the recent increase in crime in the area; her views on the concern of the wider community which has been greatly affected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2443/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): One of the primary functions of the Garda Commissioner under the Garda Síochána Acts, is to direct and control An Garda Síochána. 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.
The Deputy will appreciate that, as with any large organisation, on any given day the number of Gardaí assigned to any station may fluctuate due, for example, to promotion, transfer, retirements and resignations. However, I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Rathfarnham Garda Station, which patrols the area mentioned by the Deputy, on 31 December 2008 to 2013 and on the 30 November 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, is as set out in the table.
The Deputy will be aware that I recently secured an additional €10 million for investment in the Garda fleet, €7 million of which was made available in 2014, with the remaining €3 million being provided in 2015. The additional investment of €7 million enabled An Garda Síochána to purchase 370 new vehicles towards the end of last year. These vehicles will be allocated to Garda Divisions in line with the Garda Commissioner's operational requirements. I am advised by the Garda authorities that the needs of the Ballycullen area will be fully considered when these vehicles are being allocated.
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