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345. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí attached to each Garda station in the Cavan-Monaghan division at the end of December 2010, at the end of December 2011, at the end of December 2012, at the end of December 2013 and end of December 2014; her proposals to increase the Garda complement in Cavan-Monaghan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2786/15]

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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 Division may fluctuate due, for example, to promotion, transfer, retirements and resignations. I have however been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division on 31 December 2010 to 2013 and on 30 November 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the table:
Gardaí

Station 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Bailieboro 40 40 39 37 36
Ballyjamesduff 4 4 4 3 3
Cootehill 9 9 9 7 7
Kingscourt 6 6 2 3 2
Mullagh 1 2 2 1 1
Shercock 2 2 1 1 1
Virginia 5 5 12 12 12
Ballyconnell 29 28 25 19 18
Bawnboy 1 1 1 Closed 31/1/13 -
Belturbet 4 4 4 5 6
Blacklion 4 3 3 3 3
Dowra 1 1 1 1 1
Killeshandra 2 1 1 1 1
Swanlinbar 2 1 1 1 1
Ballybay 5 5 4 4 4
Carrickmacross 51 46 16 45 43
Castleblayney 24 24 24 25 26
Corrinshigagh 2 1 1 Closed 31/1/13 -
Rockcorry 1 1 1 2 2
Shantonagh 2 2 1 Closed 31/1/13 -
Arva 3 3 3 3 3
Ballinagh 3 2 2 2 1
Cavan 69 62 61 60 59
Kilnaleck 4 4 4 4 3
Redhills 1 1 1 Closed 31/1/13 -
Stradone 1 1 0 Closed 31/1/13 -
Clones 9 7 6 6 6
Clontibret 1 0 Closed 30/3/12 - -
Emyvale 4 4 4 3 4
Monaghan 97 86 82 81 79
Newbliss 1 1 1 Closed 31/1/13 -
Scotstown 3 3 2 2 2