Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (126)

John Gormley


121 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the EU Presidency is affecting policing duties in the city in view of the fact that visiting EU dignitaries require special policing arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7339/04]

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

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the policing arrangements for the EU Presidency are not adversely affecting normal policing duties in the city.

Some €7.5 million for Garda overtime has been provided to take account of the increased workload associated with our hosting of the EU Presidency in 2004. I have ensured through this allocation that normal policing resources would not be diverted during the six month Presidency period.