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Over 300 new Garda cars were bought this year, so who got them?

The vehicles cost €7 million.

Garda Cars File photo of a Garda car. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

SOME 361 NEW Garda vehicles were bought this year, at a cost of €7 million.

A further €3 million will be spent on the organisation’s fleet in 2015. 438 new vehicles were purchased last year, costing €10 million.

So, which counties got the cars?

The Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) got 69 new vehicles, while Cork city and county received 49.

A detailed breakdown of the 28 locations that received new Garda vehicles in 2014 is outlined below:

new garda cars Source: Oireachtas.ie

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald announced the figures in the Dáil last week, in response to a parliamentary question asked by Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne.

Fitzgerald said that decisions related to the deployment of Garda vehicles, at regional and divisional level, are “a matter for the Garda Commissioner [Nóirín O'Sullivan]“.

“I am advised that the deployment of all Garda resources is subject to ongoing review and analysis to ensure that the best use is made of available policing resources,” the Minister added.

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