250. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of additional marked and unmarked Garda cars and vans that have been allocated to the Coolock Garda district to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25162/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime.
As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure their optimum use.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the responsibility for the efficient deployment of all official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between stations as required by operational circumstances. The allocation of Garda vehicles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis.
I am further informed that the following table outlines the number of vehicles attached to the DMR North Division and Coolock District as of 13 June 2019.
|-||Cars||Vans||Motorcycles||4 x 4||*Others||Total|
|DMR NORTH DIVISION||71||18||0||1||4||94|
I am further informed that the following table outlines vehicle allocations to the DMR North Division and Coolock District to date in 2019 (correct to 13 June 2019).
* The category 'Others' in the table refers to Trucks, Minibuses & MPVs and vehicles not otherwise classified as cars, vans, motorcycles or 4x4s.
Finally, the Deputy may wish to be aware that a total of €10 million has been made available for the purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles in 2019. I understand from the Garda authorities that this allocation will be used for purchase and fit-out of over 300 new vehicles for operational use this year.