Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (574)

Seán Haughey

Question:

574. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding will be provided for the development of property and evidence management stores in the Dublin metropolitan region north; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14081/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.76 billion for 2019. These resources are being provided in support of the Government's commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. Very significant capital investment is also being made, including investment of €342 million in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021; and investment of €46 million in the Garda Fleet over the same period.

In terms of the Garda estate, the Deputy will appreciate that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation and works in relation to Garda accommodation are progressed by the Garda authorities in close cooperation with the OPW.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016 - 2021 includes plans for the development of Property and Evidence Management Stores (PEMS) in the Louth Division, Kildare Division and the Dublin Metropolitan Region South Division.

The Garda authorities have informed me that the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Division is serviced by a PEMS store in Santry Garda Station. There is no provision in the Building and Refurbishment Programme for the development of an additional PEMS store in the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Division.