Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Questions (513)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

513. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice if funding is available in 2021 to update the boats within the Garda water unit. [41438/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner 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. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions and national units.  As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure their optimum use.

The Garda Water Unit is part of Operational Support Services within An Garda Síochána. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the existing boat capabilities and requirements going forward are currently being reviewed. In the event that new boats are required, a business case will be submitted seeking sanction to purchase suitable boats.