Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (339)

Gerry Adams


339. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the training budget allocated to members of An Garda Síochána in relation to domestic abuse. [44956/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been advised by An Garda Síochána that it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the annual funding for specialist training in the area of domestic violence in the past five years.

The training plan costs the delivery of overall programmes and the provision of funding for niche training. Unit costs of courses which are delivered as part of longer running courses such as the B.A. in Applied Policing, or delivered as part of the Phase III probationary period and the associated costs in the development of these training programmes is not available, as individual unit module costs of long recurring course, are not quantified.

The Deputy may wish to be aware that, I am informed by the Garda authorities, that the budget for training and development expenditure is now included under the Garda College subhead. I am further informed by the Garda authorities that the budget for training and development in 2019 is €37.6 million, which is an increase of €5.8 million on 2018.