817. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Justice the number of new Garda vehicles allocated to Tipperary Garda division in 2020; and the number of Garda vehicles withdrawn from the division in 2020. [16878/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. The allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes the allocation of vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no role in these decisions. I am assured however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are 78 vehicles allocated to Tipperary Division as of 26 March 2021.
For the Deputy's information, the table below, which was provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of new Garda vehicles allocated to and withdrawn from Tipperary Garda division in 2020.

Tipperary division 2020 Cars Vans Motorbikes 4X4 Others Total
Allocated 16 1 2 0 0 19
Removed 5 2 0 0 0 7

*The category 'others' refers to MPV, SUV, Minibus or Prisoner Conveyance Vehicles