Dáil Éireann - Volume 585 - 18 May, 2004

Written Answers. - Garda Strength.

  367. Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he intends to appoint more gardaí to Scariff in County Clare to deal with law and order incidents which take place over the weekends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14177/04]

  Mr. McDowell:I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the Scariff area is policed by Scarriff Garda station in the Killaloe district. The current personnel strength of Scariff Garda station is five — all ranks. The personnel strength of the Killaloe district is 36 — all ranks. Resources at Scarriff Garda station are augmented from within the district or division as required.

Local Garda management is satisfied that the resources currently in place in the Scarriff area are adequate to meet the present policing requirements of the area. Garda management will continue to appraise the policing and administrative strategy employed in Scariff with a view to ensuring an effective Garda service is maintained.