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Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 218. Mr. Crawford Information on Seymour Crawford Zoom on Seymour Crawford  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  the number of Garda barracks in Cavan-Monaghan which are on call 24 hours per day and seven days per week; the names of such Garda barracks; the distance between each such centre; if he has satisfied himself that there is enough personnel to control night life activity in the other towns and villages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26945/02]

[1591]Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that there are seven Garda stations in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda division which are open to the public on a 24 hour basis. These stations are in Monaghan, Bailieboro, Ballyconnell, Carrickmacross, Cavan, Castleblaney and Clones. The distances between these stations are as follows:

Distance from Monaghan to:

Bailieboro 29 miles
Ballyconnell 34 miles
Carrickmacross 27 miles
Cavan 30 miles
Castleblaney 15 miles
Clones 13 miles

Distance from Bailieboro to:

Monaghan 29 miles
Ballyconnell 47 miles
Carrickmacross 15 miles
Cavan 20 miles
Castleblaney 19 miles
Clones 25 miles

Distance from Ballyconnell to:

Monaghan 34 miles
Bailieboro 47 miles
Carrickmacross 43 miles
Cavan 18 miles
Castleblaney 43 miles
Clones 20 miles

Distance from Carrickmacross to:

Monaghan 27 miles
Bailieboro 29 miles
Ballyconnell 43 miles
Cavan 32 miles
Castleblaney 12 miles
Clones 30 miles

Distance from Cavan to:

Monaghan 30 miles
Bailieboro 20 miles
Ballyconnel 18 miles
Carrickmacross 32 miles
Castleblaney 34 miles
Clones 17 miles

Distance from Castleblaney to:

Monaghan 15 miles
Bailieboro 19 miles
Ballyconnell 43 miles
Carrickmacross 12 miles
Cavan 34 miles
Clones 24 miles

Distance from Clones to:

Monaghan 13 miles
Bailieboro 25 miles
Ballyconnell 20 miles
Carrickmacross 30 miles
Cavan 17 miles
Castleblaney 24 miles

[1592]Local Garda management is satisfied that the arrangements currently in place in the Cavan-Monaghan division are adequate to meet the present policing needs of the area.

There are 34 Garda stations in the CavanMonaghan division with a total personnel strength of 375 as at 16 December 2002. In the stations that are not open on a 24 hour basis, PACB and call diversion systems are in operation and connected to the relevant district headquarters.

Furthermore, the Garda authorities have informed me that the extension of the current opening hours to 24 hours of the non-24 hour stations would necessitate the employment of Garda personnel on indoor administrative duties. The Garda authorities consider that such personnel would be better utilised on outdoor policing duties.

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