Thursday, 26 May 2016

Questions (262)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

262. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the role the Defence Forces have played in security arrangements at Shannon Airport in County Clare; the cost of such arrangements in each of the years 2003 to 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12327/16]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for the internal security of the State. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) which, in practice, means to assist An Garda Síochána when requested to do so.

Since 5 February 2003, the Gardaí have requested support from the Defence Forces at Shannon Airport on occasion. The costs incurred in the provision of ATCP support at Shannon Airport in each of the past 13 years and to date in 2016 are set out in the following table. The costs comprise payment of Security Duty Allowance, provision of rations, and fuel.

Year

Amount (€)

2003

1,113,200

2004

760,500

2005

225,900

2006

403,375

2007

275,054

2008

286,273

2009

258,040

2010

203,366

2011

259,739

2012

275,008

2013

196,769

2014

180,913

2015

180,814

To date in 2016

81,090

These costs are met from within the Defence Vote.