Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (167, 168)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

168 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of the charges to sporting bodies for Garda crowd control and public order services for sporting events; the amount paid by each body for these services during each of the past five years, and details of the events covered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4285/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

Section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides a statutory basis for the Garda Commissioner to charge for police services on a non-public duty basis for commercial events such as sports fixtures and concerts. I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the charges to event organisers for having members of the Garda Síochána on non-public duty from 2007 were as follows:

Category

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Croke Park

405,297

1,907,407

941,827

516,936

766,603

Other GAA venues

192,283

610,959

330,651

284,741

381,094

FAI

250,232

186,644

130,385

171,620

370,852

Soccer clubs

74,024

83,295

74,499

33,205

132,300

Rugby

189,137

147,741

323,106

170,199

381,578

Other Receipts

124,523

629,220

728,346

676,994

235,696

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

169 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda escorts for transporting commercial explosives that have been provided during each of the past seven years; and the cost of providing same. [4286/12]

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I have been advised by the Garda authorities that, between 2006 and 2011, in excess of 6,500 escorts of commercial explosives have been provided by an Garda Siochána. The Deputy will appreciate that, given the sensitive nature of such duties, it would be inappropriate for me to give any further detail in this regard. Furthermore, I am informed that statistics of this nature are not available prior to 2006, nor is the cost readily available.