179. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent on repairs to equipment on the boards in the Garda water unit in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22862/19]
In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources, including provision for the repair of specialist equipment, is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands.
I have asked the Commissioner for information in relation to the matter raised and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.
The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 179 for answer on 28 May 2019 in which the Deputy requested the amount of money spent by An Garda Síochána on repairs to equipment used by the Garda Water Unit for the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019.
The Deputy will recall that the information could not be obtained in the time available and I undertook to consult with An Garda Síochána and contact you again when the information was available.
As the Deputy will be aware, the resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, amounting to €92 million this year.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the allocation and management of Garda equipment and resources, including expenditure in relation to the Water Unit, are matters for the Garda Commissioner and I have no role in that regard.
I am however, informed by the Garda authorities that the amount spent on repairs to equipment used by the Garda Water Unit in 2017 was €18,018. A further expense of €27,589 was spent in 2018 and this year, as of 21 June 2019, expenditure of €11,158 has been incurred.
I trust this information is of assistance.