Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne has raised concerns about the number of Garda vehicles in the Wexford Divisional fleet.

New figures released to Deputy Browne reveal that there were only 62 Garda vehicles in the division in 2019, down from 66 in 2018.

Deputy Browne said, “ Wexford is the largest county in the South East and has experienced steady population growth over the past number of years, particularly in the north of the county, with people locating to towns like Gorey and Enniscorthy and commuting in and out of Dublin. Despite this, the number of Garda vehicles on the roads actually fell this year.

“At the moment we have 48 cars, 11 vans, one motorcycle and two 4x4s. They have to cover an area of over 2,365 km² and a population of almost 150,000.

“Given the geographical size of the county, the Garda fleet is an essential component in responding to emergency situations.
“We are a diverse county with urban and rural needs, and our Gardaí need the resources to effectively police and patrol the county”, he concluded.