Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (159)

Catherine Connolly


159. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost in 2020 if the budget for the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau increased by 20%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40924/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion, in addition to a capital allocation of € 92 million this year.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau. It is important in that context to note that the allocation of Garda resources and distribution of personnel are a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that in the first nine months of 2019, the cost of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has amounted to approximately €9,840,000 and is expected to amount to approximately €13,120,500 in the full year for 2019. An increase of 20% in the full year figure would therefore cost approximately an additional €2,624,100.