Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (255)

Willie O'Dea


255. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda CCTV cameras attached to each Garda CCTV camera location; if all of these CCTV cameras are fully operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16245/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, there has been an unprecedented level of investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years, including a budgetary allocation of €1.76 billion to An Garda Síochána for 2019. Significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána in terms of the Garda fleet, ICT infrastructure and the estate.  

In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of his identified operational demands. Accordingly, decisions in relation to the introduction or extension of Garda CCTV systems are a matter for the Garda Commissioner. As Minister, I have no role in that regard.

I have requested the specific information sought by the Deputy from the Commissioner. I will write to the Deputy directly on receipt of same.