Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (503)

Seán Kenny

Question:

503. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the criteria senior Garda management take when choosing what to charge sporting organisations and so on for policing their events; if the charge is per match, per number of matches or the end of season when Garda management send their bill to cover policing their events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9999/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The setting of charges for Garda policing services is a function which has been assigned to the Garda Commissioner under section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. In that context the Commissioner determines the circumstances in which such charges arise and I do not have a role in relation to the matter.

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that where charges arise in connection with policing services provided for an event the cost to the event holder is determined by the number of Garda personnel deployed. The operational policing plan for a particular event is formulated by local Garda operational management and the relevant Garda invoices are issued centrally from the Garda Finance Directorate for specific events.