Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (93)

Pat Breen

Question:

91 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the type and quantity of non-lethal weaponry which was issued to the Garda in 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6292/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

In November 2002 I authorised the acquisition and introduction, for use by the emergency response unit, of three less than lethal devices recommended in the Implementation Plan for the Introduction of Less than Lethal Devices into An Garda Síochána.

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that a request for tender for the acquisition of non-lethal weapons was issued to a number of companies late last year. This tender process is still ongoing. I am further informed that there was no non-lethal weaponry issued to gardaí in 2003.