Dáil Éireann - Volume 637 - 05 July, 2007

Written Answers. - Closed Circuit Television Systems.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of closed circuit television surveillance systems that have been installed; the number of stations in Dublin which has the technology to monitor, read and print off images from the CCTV; his plans to increase the number of CCTV systems and locations in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19671/07]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: I am informed by the Garda Authorities that to date Garda Town Centre CCTV systems have been installed and are operational in the following locations in the Dublin area: Dublin (South Central) — comprising 25 cameras covering Temple Bar, Grafton Street and surrounding areas, with all cameras monitored from Pearse Street Garda Station; Dublin (North Central) — comprising 44 cameras, covering O’Connell Street and surrounding areas, with all cameras monitored from the Garda Office in O’Connell Street; and Dun Laoghaire — comprising 8 cameras covering the main streets in the town and adjoining areas, with all cameras are monitored from Dun Laoghaire Garda Station. Facilities to read and print off video images are available to all Divisional Headquarters within Dublin.

I am committed to the further expansion of the Garda CCTV programme around the country, including in Dublin, and this process is ongoing. An Garda Síochána’s plans to provide Garda CCTV systems in Finglas, Ballyfermot, Clondalkin and Tallaght are at an advanced stage. I am pleased to be able to inform the Deputy that under the Community-based CCTV Scheme run by my Department a number of applications from Dublin have been successful and have been awarded capital development funding to install local CCTV systems. These include areas in Tallaght and Clondalkin and the Liberties in Dublin.