Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (142)

Willie Penrose

Question:

142. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding has been secured in 2020 for the upgrade of existing boats or extra boats for the Garda water unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50954/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached record levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion, increasing to an unprecedented €1.88 billion for 2020.

The capital budget for An Garda Síochána has also been significantly increased. The capital allocation for 2019 amounted to €92 million, representing a 50% increase on capital investment in 2018. And capital investment will increase again to over €116 million in 2020, which will provide for continued investment in Garda ICT of approximately €75 million; a further €9 million for the Garda Fleet and approximately €32 million for the Garda estate.

It is important to note that the Garda Commissioner is statutorily responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, including allocation of resources and equipment including for the Garda Water Unit.