Dáil Éireann - Volume 595 - 14 December, 2004
Written Answers - Garda Deployment.
Mr. Costello Mr. Costello
301. Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí whose sole work in each of the past five years was the enforcement of road traffic law; the number of members of the Garda Síochána whose sole function at present is the same; the number who will be engaged solely in the enforcement of road traffic law in each of the next four years to the end of 2008; if these gardaí will be trained in Templemore and in the same manner as gardaí who will not be part of the new traffic corps; the reason he has made no provision for recruitment for the new traffic corps in the Estimates for 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33012/04]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Mr. McDowell:I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the number of gardaí attached to traffic units in 1998 was 351. The number of gardaí attached to traffic units at the end of 2003 was 520 and the current number for the year to date is 531. In the time available for answering parliamentary questions it has not been possible to compile the information requested by the Deputy in respect of the years 1999 to 2002 inclusive.
The strength of the Garda traffic corps over the next four years will be as set out in the following table:
 All recruit gardaí admitted to the Garda College in the year 2005 will receive the same level of training as those currently undergoing training under the student/ probationer education, training and development programme. All personnel assigned to the new traffic corps will have completed the standard training programme.
Each quarter for the next three years, approximately 274 recruits will be taken into the college, amounting to almost 1,100 recruits each year. Taking into account projected retirements, it will lead to a combined organisational strength, of both attested gardaí and recruits in training, of 14,000 as early as 2006. Provision has been made in the 2005 Estimates for the Garda Vote to deal with recruitment of gardaí in that year. It is estimated that the cost for same in 2005 will amount to €11.793 million.
Dáil Éireann 595 Written Answers Garda Deployment.