Figures show there is one Garda for every 488 people in Carlow/Kilkenny division
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Figures show there is one Garda for every 488 people in Carlow/Kilkenny division

Garda and phone. File photo.
Garda and phone. File photo.

Figures released today show a ratio of one Garda to almost every 500 people in Carlow and Kilkenny.

There are currently around 488 people for every one Garda in the Carlow/Kilkenny division.

That’s according to figures released by the Department of Justice.

Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan has revealed that as of the end of August this year, there were 11,198 Gardaí stationed around the 26 counties.

Of that, 320 were in the Kilkenny/Carlow Division.

When those figures are compared with the combined population of the two counties – which is just over 156,100 – that leaves one Garda for every 488 people in the division.

Just four other areas in the country have fewer Gardaí per head of population.

Replying to a question from Meath TD Peadar Tóibín, the minister said he’s been advised by the Garda Commissioner that recent census data is being incorporated into the method by which they allocate personnel.

Dublin North is the division with the most Gardaí currently, while Westmeath has the fewest.

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