Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (887)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

887. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position with regard to the funding of policing for the upcoming visit of Vice President Pence; if An Garda Síochána will fund the visit from existing resources, if he has requested additional resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33119/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. €1.76 billion has been allocated to the Garda Vote for 2019, in addition to capital investment amounting to €92 million this year. 

The Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote. In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the management and efficient use of Garda resources is the responsibility of the Commissioner and his management team, having regard to operational need. 

Garda management and my Department keep the financial position of An Garda Síochána under ongoing review. This would also be the case in relation to the security costs associated with any visit to Ireland of foreign dignitaries, including a potential visit of Vice President Pence.