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150. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice the number of Garda vehicles assigned to the Donegal division; the age profile of the vehicles; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51722/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána, including the purchase, allocation, and effective and efficient use of Garda vehicles. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the purchase, allocation and replacement of Garda vehicles is determined on the basis of identified operational demands and the availability of resources, and decisions regarding the purchase and allocation of Garda vehicles are reviewed on a continual basis.
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 includes €12 million for investment in the Garda fleet, the application of which is a matter for the Garda Commissioner as set out above.  
The Garda authorities have advised that the tables below set out the number of vehicles in each District of the Division in question, as at 18 October 2021, and the Divisional Fleet by age as at the same date.

District Number of Vehicles
Ballyshannon 18
Buncrana 17
Letterkenny 36
Milford 10
Donegal Division total 81
 
Age Number of Vehicles
<1 year 20
1-2 years 13
2-4 years 14
4-6 years 19
6 + years 15
Donegal Division total 81