Dáil Éireann - Volume 571 - 30 September, 2003
Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.
Mr. Deasy Mr. Deasy
1231. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will give details of the number of gardaí employed in each Garda station in Waterford city and county in each year from 1988 to 2003. [21284/03]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, inform me that there are 20 Garda stations in Waterford city and county. The personnel strength of each Garda station in Waterford city and county as of 31 December each year since 1997 and currently is as set out in the following table.
It should be noted that Garda divisional boundaries do not correlate with county boundaries. Hence Ardmore and Ballyduff Garda stations, while in Waterford County, are in the Cork north division. The information requested in respect of the years 1988 to 1996 is not readily available in  the time frame allowed and to provide the same would require a disproportionate amount of Garda time and resources.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
1232. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the extent to which there are sufficient gardaí available to carry out daily and nightly foot patrols in each division in the greater Dublin area; if he will outline the areas least likely to have such policing levels and the areas in respect of which there is greater daily and nightly patrolling; if he has identified Garda no-go areas; if he intends to provide the resources necessary to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21285/03]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, inform me that the personnel strength of the Dublin metropolitan region which includes the six operational divisions, the area office and traffic division DMR as at 29 September 2003 was 3,737. This represents an increase of 109 in the personnel allocated to the Dublin metropolitan region since 31 December 1997.
Foot patrols are carried out on a 24-hour basis by personnel working the three-relief shift system in each division in the Dublin metropolitan region. Each district within a division is divided into a number of foot beats which are based on population and crime trends.
These patrols are augmented by members of the community policing units who patrol between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. The Dublin metropolitan region is also patrolled by the relevant divisional task forces, divisional traffic units and district detective units. The Garda authorities inform me too that there are no Garda no-go areas in the Dublin metropolitan region. Garda management in the Dublin metropolitan region is satisfied with the current level of resources. All beats and foot patrols are regularly examined with a view to ensuring the optimum level of Garda service is provided. The situation will be kept under review and when additional personnel next become available, the needs of the Dublin metropolitan region will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda divisions throughout the country.
Dáil Éireann 571 Written Answers. Garda Deployment.