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Written Answers - Garda Strength

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 360.  Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide a breakdown of the numbers of gardaí who retired from the force in Ballymun, Finglas, Santry and Whitehall, Dublin 11; the expected retirements for 2012; and if these positions have or are to be filled. [6449/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I wish to advise the Deputy that it has not been possible to provide the information required in the limited time available. However, the information is currently being collated and will be sent to the Deputy as soon as possible.

 361.  Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide a breakdown of the number of gardaí serving in Dublin Airport in the years 2010, 2011 and projected numbers for 2012. [6450/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I have been informed by the Commissioner that the personnel strength of Dublin Airport on 31 December 2010 and on the 31 December 2011 was 22 and 33 respectively. These numbers are augmented by officers from the Garda National Immigration Bureau whose deployment in Dublin airport is dependent on the passenger numbers flowing through the airport on any given day. The Deputy will be aware that the Commissioner, in consultation with his senior management team, is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and it is therefore not possible for me to state what the strength will be in 2012. I can inform the Deputy and the House that a pilot scheme for the provision of civilian Immigration Officers is currently being introduced in Dublin Airport to free up Gardaí for frontline operational duties.


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