Dáil Éireann - Volume 674 - 12 February, 2009
Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.
Deputy Joanna Tuffy Deputy Joanna Tuffy
Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the steps he will take to ensure An Garda Síochána traffic corps are involved in improved traffic management the next time there is such bad weather conditions in view of the length of time it took many motorists to travel from the city centre to their homes in parts of Dublin on 2 and 3 February 2009, with reports of five hour journeys in some cases following snow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5365/09]
Deputy Dermot Ahern Deputy Dermot Ahern
Deputy Dermot Ahern: I am informed by the Garda authorities that in anticipation of bad driving conditions, such as those recently experienced in the Garda Dublin Metropolitan Region, An Garda Síochána contacted all relevant agencies to ensure that provision was being made to provide towing services, road gritting and other emergency measures. Members of An Garda Síochána responded to all emergencies as they arose and attempted to alleviate difficulties arising from such incidents resulting from the weather conditions.
I am further informed that the Dublin Metropolitan Region Traffic Division liaises with local authorities in the Region and the National Roads Authority on an ongoing basis on a wide range of issues, including the difficulties resulting from the recent inclement weather conditions. Discussions will take place with the agencies responsible for road traffic issues to discuss how improvements in traffic flow might be made in the event of a reoccurrence of such weather conditions.
Dáil Éireann 674 Written Answers. Garda Deployment.