519. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Garda districts within the Dublin region that received additional gardaí, following the recent graduation of additional members of the force; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20554/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, 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 first intake since 2009 of 100 new recruits entered training at the Garda College, Templemore, on 15 September 2014. As part of Budget 2015, a further intake of 200 recruits in two batches was announced. On 15 December 2014, the first 100 of these batches commenced their training. The remaining 100 entered the college in early February. This brought to 300 the number of recruits in the Garda College and is a measure of the Government's commitment to ensure that recruitment to An Garda Síochána continues seamlessly. The September intake were attested as members of the Garda Síochána in April 2015 and assigned to Garda Stations throughout the Country and the December intake will attest in Summer 2015. In addition, I have received sanction from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for two further intakes of 125 Garda recruits later this year.
The table sets out the distribution of newly attested Gardaí in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR).

Division District Newly Attested Gardaí
DMR East Dun Laoghaire 5
DMR North Ballymun 5
DMR North Central Store Street 5
DMR South Tallaght 5
DMR South Central Pearse Street 5
DMR West Blanchardstown 5