I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 to 150, inclusive, together.
The capital allocation for the Justice Vote Group over the period 2018 to 2022, as published in the recent National Development Plan is as follows:
The allocation of the capital budget across the Vote Group for 2018 is set out as follows and for the most part relates to projects underway and in respect of which contractual commitments arise.
Garda Vote €61.440 million
Prisons Vote €24.330 million
Courts Vote €49.017 million
Justice and Equality Vote €9.420 million
Irish Human Rights and €0.100 million
Equality Commission €144.307 million*
This excludes €17.8 million in unspent capital from 2017, carried over to 2018 under the capital carryover provisions.
For subsequent years, the precise breakdown of the budget across the votes and various projects will be dependent on the outcome of procurement processes and the timing of expenditure will be impacted by more detailed planning for specific projects. In broad terms the funding will mainly be allocated to the following areas where projects are at various stages of planning and procurement.
- Construction of the new Forensic Science Laboratory;
- Garda Síochána Building and Refurbishment Programme including the replacement of the Harcourt Street Complex;
- Garda ICT Programme including completion of the implementation of Schengen Information system,
- Continuing Investment in the Garda Fleet;
- Prisons, Courts and Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service ICT investment;
- Prison Building Programme including the redevelopment of Limerick Prison;
- New or refurbished courthouses in a number of regional cities and county towns.