187. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 704 and 705 of 29 September 2021, if she will provide an update on the Garda numbers by division (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51339/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The resources provided by government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.952 billion in 2021 and over €2 billion in 2022. This has enabled sustained, ongoing recruitment.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the general management and administration of the Garda organisation under the Garda Síochána Act 2005. This includes the deployment of members of An Garda Síochána throughout the State. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.
However to be of assistance, I can inform the Deputy that as of 30 September 2021 there are currently 257 members assigned to Ballymun District. This is a 17.8% increase compared to December 2016, when there were 218 members attached to this District.
As of the same date there are 343 members of An Garda Síochána attached to Blanchardstown District. This is a 10.6% increase compared to December 2016, when there were 310 members attached to this District.
This information is based on information provided to me by the Garda authorities and which is available on my Department's website at the following link: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Workforce.