Dáil Éireann - Volume 616 - 21 March, 2006
Written Answers. - Garda Strength.
Mr. Stagg Mr. Stagg
706. Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí in the Carlow-Kildare division on 28 February 2006. [11077/06]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Mr. McDowell: I have been informed by the Garda authorities, which are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength across all ranks of the Garda Síochána as at 31 December 1997 and 20 March 2006 was 10,702 and 12,445, respectively. This represents an increase of 1,743, 16.3%, in the personnel strength of the Garda Síochána during that period.
I have been further informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength of the Carlow-Kildare division as at 28 February 2006 was 333 across all ranks. The personnel strength of the Carlow-Kildare division as at 31 December 1997 was 281 across all ranks. This represents an increase of 52, 19%, in the numbers of gardaí allocated to the Carlow-Kildare division over that period.
The division’s resources are further augmented by a number of Garda national units such as the Garda National Immigration Bureau, GNIB, the Criminal Assets Bureau, CAB, and other specialised units.
The timescale for achieving the target strength of 14,000 members of the Garda Síochána in line with the commitment in An Agreed Programme for Government remains as when I announced the Government approval in October 2004 for my proposals to achieve this objective. The phased increase in the strength of the Garda Síochána to  14,000 will lead to a combined strength, of both attested gardaí and recruits in training, of 14,000 by the end of this year. This project is fully on target and will be achieved.
As part of the accelerated recruitment campaign to facilitate this record expansion, 1,125 Garda recruits were inducted to the Garda College during 2005. The college will induct a further 1,100 recruits this year and again in 2007, by way of intakes to the Garda College of approximately 275 recruits every quarter. The first incremental increase of newly attested gardaí under the programme of accelerated recruitment took place on 15 March 2006.
The Garda Commissioner will be drawing up plans on how best to distribute and manage these additional resources. In this context, the needs of the Carlow-Kildare division will be fully considered within the overall context of the needs of Garda divisions throughout the country.
Ms Shortall Ms Shortall
707. Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí with a working knowledge of a language other than Irish and English broken down by the number in respect of each language. [11110/06]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Mr. McDowell: I have been informed by the Garda authorities, which are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the information requested is not readily available and can only be obtained by the disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and resources relative to the information sought.
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