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220. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the locations in which the 2,400 newly qualified gardaí since September 2014 have been assigned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10301/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,400 Garda recruits have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide.
The Government has increased the budget for An Garda Síochána to €1.76 billion for 2019, which includes provision for the recruitment of up to 800 Gardaí this year. The Commissioner has now informed me that he plans to recruit a total of 600 trainee Gardaí in 2019 and 600 Garda Civilian Staff.  This Garda Staff recruitment will allow the Commissioner to redeploy a further 500 fully trained Gardaí from administrative duties to frontline policing in 2019.
In so far as the allocation of newly attested Gardaí is concerned, this is a matter for the Commissioner.  I am assured by the Commissioner that the needs of all Garda Divisions are fully considered when determining the allocation of resources. However, it is important to keep in mind that newly attested Gardaí have a further 16 months of practical and class-room based training to complete in order to receive their BA in Applied Policing.  To ensure that they are properly supported and supervised and have opportunities to gain the breadth of policing experience required, the Commissioner's policy is to allocate them to specially designated training stations which have the required training and development structures and resources in place, including trained Garda tutors and access to a permanently appointed supervisory Sergeant who is thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities under the training programme.   
  This focus on investment in personnel is critical. The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána.  We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to allow the deployment of increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Garda Division.
I believe that the injection of this large number of experienced officers into the field, along with the new recruits, will be really beneficial in terms of protecting communities. This and on-going recruitment will provide the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí to deliver a visible effective and responsive policing service to communities across all Garda Divisions.  
The information requested by the Deputy as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is as set out in the attached table. We hope to have these figures updated on the website by the end of this week at  the link shown below.  
For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the link below:
http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures

Divisional Probationer Garda Allocations by Division - 2015 to Jan 2019
Divisions
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Total
D.M.R. EAST
10
19
38
30
97
D.M.R. NORTH
20
32
69
77
198
D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL
23
45
70
73
211
D.M.R. SOUTH
19
34
66
56
175
D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL
20
43
78
61
202
D.M.R. WEST
30
35
73
81
219
CAVAN / MONAGHAN
10
7
23
35
75
CLARE
10
5
10
15
40
CORK CITY
7
6
26
23
62
CORK NORTH
0
5
15
13
33
CORK WEST
5
0
15
11
31
DONEGAL
10
5
13
26
54
GALWAY
5
5
10
16
36
KERRY
10
0
17
14
41
KILDARE
15
20
47
30
112
KILKENNY/CARLOW
10
10
30
12
62
LAOIS / OFFALY
9
20
42
22
93
LIMERICK
9
17
19
34
79
LOUTH
11
17
34
32
94
MAYO
4
0
14
0
18
MEATH
5
19
30
19
73
ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD
0
5
10
3
18
SLIGO / LEITRIM
5
5
8
6
24
TIPPERARY
5
14
21
13
53
WATERFORD
14
10
30
36
90
WESTMEATH
5
5
22
4
36
WEXFORD
15
10
34
26
85
WICKLOW
10
0
19
21
50
Totals
296
393
883
789
2361

* As of 18 January 2019
*Figures provided to the Department of Justice and Equality by An Garda Síochána
Please note:
The allocation of newly attested Gardaí is a policing matter to be determined by the Commissioner.
Newly attested Gardaí are allocated to specially designated training stations which have the required training and development structures and resources in place, including trained Garda tutors and access to a permanently appointed supervisory Sergeant who is thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities under the training programme.