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183. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact the position for superintendent for the Nenagh district, County Tipperary, is still vacant; when this position will be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14512/18]

202. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a vacant position for superintendent in Nenagh, County Tipperary; when this position will be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14763/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 183 and 202 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the distribution of personnel is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister have no direct role in the matter. I am assured by the Commissioner that Garda personnel assigned throughout the country, together with overall policing arrangements and operational strategies, are continually monitored and reviewed. Such monitoring ensures that optimum use is made of Garda Resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the general public.
I am informed by the Commissioner that Nenagh Garda District forms part of the Tipperary Division and that as of the 28 February 2018 there were four Superintendents assigned to that Division.
The Deputy will be aware that the Policing Authority assumed responsibility for appointments to the senior ranks of Superintendent, Chief Superintendent and Assistant Garda Commissioner on 1 January 2017.
Under Regulation 5 of Garda Síochána Act 2005 (Appointments to the Ranks of Assistant Garda Commissioner, Chief Superintendent and Superintendent) Regulations 2016 the Authority is required to keep under review the need for competitions to be held for the purpose of making appointments to the ranks concerned and to ensure that it has arrangements in place to undertake required competitions without undue delay. Regulation 5 further provides that the Commissioner shall keep the Authority fully informed with regard to vacancies likely to arise.