The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána as well as for decisions in relation to the allocation and management of Garda equipment and resources. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda Mounted Unit is based at Áras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. The unit has a national remit under the direction and control of the Assistant Commissioner, Roads Policing and Major Event Management and the operational control of the Superintendent, Operational Support Services.
I understand from the Garda authorities that as of the 6 June 2019, there are 14 horses attached to the unit. I am informed that the estimated cost of purchasing 10 additional horses for the Garda Mounted Unit is approximately €60,000. This estimated cost is for the purchase of the horses only and does not include other costs including those which would arise in relation to equipment, training or personnel.