Dáil Éireann - Volume 610 - 22 November, 2005

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

  488. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number and location of Garda stations throughout County Laois that are open on a full-time basis, on a part-time basis and if so the extent of same; the number closed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35319/05]

  Mr. McDowell: I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the Garda stations listed as follows in County Laois are open during the following hours, seven days a week:

Station

Opening Hours

Abbeyleix

24 Hour

Arles

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ballacolla

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ballinakill

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Ballylinan

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Borris-in-Ossory

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Clonaslee

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Durrow

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mountmellick

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mountrath

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Portarlington

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Portlaoise

24 Hour

Rathdowney

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Stradbally

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Regarding Garda resources generally, the accelerated recruitment campaign to reach a record force strength of 14,000, in line with the commitment in the Agreed Programme for Government, is fully on target. This will lead to a combined strength, of both attested gardaí and recruits in training, of 14,000 by the end of 2006. The Garda Commissioner will now be drawing up plans on how best to distribute and manage these additional resources, and in this context the needs of the Laois-Offaly division will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda divisions throughout the country.

  489. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí of all ranks and the number of patrol cars available to or operating out of the Garda stations in County Laois on a station basis; if this service is adequate having regard to the crime and demo[1414] graphic trends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35325/05]

  Mr. McDowell: I am informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength — all ranks — of each Garda station in County Laois as at 18 November 2005 was as set out as follows:

Station

Strength

Abbeyleix

25

Arles

1

Ballacolla

1

Ballinakill

1

Ballylinan

4

Borris-in-Ossory

2

Clonaslee

3

Durrow

2

Mountmellick

6

Mountrath

3

Portarlington

10

Portlaoise

99

Rathdowney

3

Stradbally

2

The numbers of Garda personnel assigned throughout the country, together with overall policing arrangements and operational strategy, are continually monitored and reviewed. Such monitoring ensures that optimum use is made of Garda resources, and that the best possible policing service is provided to the general public.

The number of vehicles available to or operating from Garda stations in County Laois is as set out as follows:

Station

Vehicles

Abbeyleix

2

Ballylinan

1

Durrow

1

Rathdowney

1

Clonaslee

1

Mountmellick

1

Mountrath

1

Portarlington

1

Portlaoise

16

Stradbally

1

Total

26

Regarding Garda resources generally, the accelerated recruitment campaign to reach a record force strength of 14,000, in line with the commitment in An Agreed Programme for Government, is fully on target. This will lead to a combined strength, of both attested gardaí and recruits in [1415] training, of 14,000 by the end of 2006. The Garda Commissioner will now be drawing up plans on how best to distribute and manage these additional resources, and in this context the needs of the Laois-Offaly division will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda divisions throughout the country.