Budget 2015 delivers €2.2bn for Garda resources – DEERING

14th October, 2014

Carlow Fine Gael has today (Tuesday) commended the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, after funding ofalmost€2.2 billion, almost €107 million
in capital spending, three new Garda Divisions Headquarters, €10 million for 400 new Garda vehicles and Garda recruitment was announced in today’s Budget. This represent a breakthrough budget for the justice sector with the first year-on-year budget increase since 2008.

“Budget 2015 will see almost €2.2 billion invested in the Garda resources. Funding will be made available for hundreds of new Garda squad cars, three new divisions will be created in Wexford, Galway and Dublin’s Kevin St and the recruitment which started earlier this year will continue.

“There have been calls for some time for investment in the Garda fleet. Members of the force have been travelling in older vehicles with very high miles and I am pleased to see that the money has been made available to ensure that the Gardaí are equipped to continue to carry out their very important work.

“Investment in the Garda fleet will have positive impact on the delivery of service across the country but in particular, here in Carlow, where we have been calling for better vehicles for some time. €7 million will be invested in 2014 and €3 million in 2015, to allow the procurement and fit-out of approximately 400 new Garda vehicles. The vehicles will begin to come on stream in early 2015 and they will be extremely important in tackling rural and urban crime.

“€42 million will be invested in 2015 for the provision of three new Garda Divisional Headquarters in Galway, Kevin Street in Dublin City and Wexford. It is expected that these buildings will be constructed over the next three years. €4 million is also being made available in both the current year and 2015 to invest in information systems upgrade.

“In September, Templemore College opened its doors to 100 trainees. This was the first intake in five years. It is extremely encouraging to see that as we emerge from a period of severe economic difficultly, the Government is supporting an Garda Síochána as they continue to grow with further recruitment of 100 Gardaí set to take place from January 2015.

“Members of an Garda Síochána carry out vital work in our communities and it is essential that we support them so they can continue to operate effectively. Today’s Budget has finally delivered some good news for the Irish people who have sacrificed so much. This Budget aims to secure and to solidify the economic recovery, but to do so in a measured way to ensure that we never return to the boom and bust cycle of the past. I know that more investment in Garda resources is needed but today’s announcement is a significant step in the right direction.”