289. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the age of each horse box vehicle in the Garda mounted unit. [37380/19] View answer
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and vehicles across the various Garda divisions are for the Garda Commissioner, in the light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no role in that matter.
I have requested information from the Garda authorities in relation to issue raised by the Deputy and I will write to her directly when I receive it.
The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 289 for answer on 17 September 2019 in which the Deputy asked the age of each horse box vehicle in the Garda mounted unit.
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 her again when the information was available.
As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters.
The Garda Mounted Unit is based at Áras An Úachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 and has a national remit under the direction and control of Assistant Commissioner, Roads Policing and Major Event Management.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are four horse trailers attached to the Garda Mounted Unit of which two are 21 years old, one is 16 years old and one is seven years old. I am further informed that the four horse trailers are roadworthy and well serviced.
I trust that this information is of assistance.