329. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on proposals to increase the numbers of gardaí in Longford town in view of its increasing population and a number of recent serious incidents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2552/15]


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 Longford Garda Station 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 following table:
Longford Garda Station

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
64 65 62 60 60 63 64