99. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will confirm that a percentage of the new Garda recruits, who will qualify on 23 July 2015, will be assigned to Crumlin Garda station in Dublin 12. [21058/15]
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.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Dublin Metropolitan Region (D.M.R.) South on 31 March 2015, the latest date for which figures are readily available is 535 of which 91 Gardaí are assigned to Crumlin Garda Station. There are also 41 Garda Reserves and 27 Civilians attached to D.M.R. South Garda Division.
The Deputy will be aware that 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. The remaining 100 entered the college in early February. This will bring 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 attested as members of the Garda Síochána on 23 April 2015 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. Of the first batch to be attested, five members have been assigned to the D.M.R. South and are stationed in Tallaght Garda station.