Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (680)

Jim O'Callaghan


680. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost to provide security to Vice President Pence during his visit to Ireland; if the costs will be met from existing Garda resources; if not, if costs will be provided for via a supplementary budget; the reform projects which will be affected if the costs of the visit are met from existing Garda resources; the nature of the changes to reform projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36549/19]

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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. 

I would remind the Deputy that the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote.  He is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the allocation of Garda resources. 

In relation to the matter raised by the Deputy, I am informed by the Garda authorities that the overall cost to An Garda Síochána of the visit to Ireland of Vice President Pence has not yet been finalised.

I fully support the Commissioner in his performance of this role and in his efforts to ensure that the Garda Vote comes in on budget.  Garda management and my Department keep the financial position of An Garda Síochána under ongoing review.