508. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice the number of Garda cars attached to the Garda national immigration bureau that are aged over 12 years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28187/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will be aware that in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. In addition, 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. 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, to ensure their optimum use.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that at 20 May 2021 there were 27 vehicles attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), of which 5 vehicles were over 12 years old.
The table below, which has been provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the age of all vehicles attached to GNIB at 20 May 2021.

Age Profile (years) No of Vehicles
0-1 3
2 to 4 9
4 to 6 4
6 to 10 5
10 to 12 1
Over 12 5

The allocation of Garda vehicles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis to ensure the best match with An Garda Síochána’s operational requirements.