95. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí currently assigned to stations in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51654/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The budget provided by Government to the Garda Commissioner continues to increase to unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.952 billion for 2021. Budget 2022 provides over €2 billion in funding. This has enabled sustained and ongoing investment in An Garda Siochana, including in County Carlow.
As the Deputy will be aware, 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 Garda members throughout the State. This matter is kept under review by Garda management.
However, I can inform the Deputy that as at 30 September 2021, the latest date for which figures are available, there are 114 Garda members assigned to Garda Stations in County Carlow, an increase of approximately 7.5% per cent since the end of 2015 when there were 106 Gardaí assigned to Carlow Garda Stations. In addition there are 14 civilian staff.
As the Deputy may be aware, Covid-19 restrictions on the Garda Training College in Templemore constrained recruitment and training for periods over the last 18 months. However, I am glad to confirm that 450 Gardaí will be recruited this year and the funding provided for next year fully supports the sustained recruitment of Garda members and staff.