Question 203: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality in view of the population increase since 2006 in the Kildare North Constituency of 12.4%, according to Census 2011, if he will consider reallocating Gardaí to the constituency to deal with this population increase and to bring the Garda numbers in County Kildare in line with the national average; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Response from Minister Alan Shatter (Department of Justice & Equality): 7th July 2011
I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 31 December 2006, the personnel strength of all Garda stations in County Kildare was 267. At that time County Kildare formed part of the Carlow/Kildare Garda Division and on 29th June 2009, the Garda Division of Kildare was established. The personnel strength of Kildare Garda Division on 31st May 2011 was 324. This represents an increase of 57 (21.34%) from 2006 to 2011.
The allocation of Garda resources, including personnel, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his senior management team. Resource levels are constantly monitored, in conjunction with crime trends and the situation is kept under continuing review to ensure optimum use is made of all resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.