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183. Deputy John Lahart asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the numbers in the Garda Reserve from 2010 to 2015 in tabular form; the numbers of new recruits to the Garda Reserve in each of those years; the numbers that have left the reserve each year from 2010 to 2015; the gender breakdown of the Garda Reserve; and the numbers of reserve gardaí by Garda division, in tabular form. [12782/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will appreciate the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, including the Garda Reserve, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of all resources. I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that numbers of Garda Reserve members on 31 December 2010 to 2015, by Division was as set out in the following table. With regard to the numbers of new recruits to the Garda Reserve in each of those years; the numbers that have left the Reserve each year from 2010 to 2015 and the gender breakdown of the Garda Reserve, I have requested this information from the Garda Commissioner and I will write directly to the Deputy on receipt.
The Garda Reserve makes a real and tangible contribution to the policing of communities right across the country. This is recognised in the Programme for Government "A Programme for a Partnership Government" which includes a commitment to double the Garda Reserve to act in a supportive role undertaking local patrols and crime reduction measures. The expansion of the Garda Reserve will complement the commitments in the Programme to continue the ongoing accelerated Garda recruitment programme with a view to increasing Garda numbers to 15,000 and also to increase further civilianisation to free up Gardaí to front-line policing duties. The delivery of these measures over the lifetime of the Government will ensure an enhanced visible policing presence in communities nationwide.
Garda Reserve by Division

Division 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cavan/Monaghan 13 18 20 25 23 19
Clare 11 17 18 15 13 8
Cork City 46 52 58 73 68 65
Cork North 15 19 20 30 29 24
Cork West 15 23 27 26 29 23
D.M.R. East 20 16 17 20 20 19
D.M.R. North 64 74 63 59 61 57
D.M.R. North Central 24 36 50 71 73 59
D.M.R. South 43 43 47 51 45 35
D.M.R. South Central 39 54 64 77 80 66
D.M.R. West 50 52 59 65 64 51
Donegal 21 25 28 28 26 27
Galway 44 57 64 69 63 43
Kerry 10 22 26 36 32 31
Kildare 22 24 24 41 41 30
Kilkenny/Carlow 21 30 33 40 38 34
Laois/Offaly 14 23 31 31 28 24
Limerick 32 41 47 52 51 53
Louth 31 34 45 55 52 41
Mayo 22 29 31 35 35 32
Meath 17 28 33 44 42 33
Roscommon/Longford 15 17 18 20 15 11
Sligo/Leitrim 17 18 21 24 27 27
Tipperary 21 30 36 41 42 28
Waterford 22 26 31 36 34 32
Westmeath 19 19 22 27 25 20