Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Questions (735)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

735. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if a schedule of the entire number of firearms at the disposal of An Garda Síochána will be provided by the number of same by weapon type, manufacturer and or brand. [1808/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible by law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. I, as Minister, have no direct role in these matter.

I have requested information from the Garda Commissioner in relation to this matter but it was unfortunately not possible to compile it in the time available.

I will write to the Deputy directly with the information requested, when it is available.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51.
SUBSTANTIVE ANSWER:
I refer to Parliamentary Question Number 735 which was for answer on 13 January 2021 where you asked “If a schedule of the entire number of firearms at the disposal of An Garda Síochána will be provided by the number of same by weapon type, manufacturer and or brand”
You will recall that the information could not be obtained in the time available and I undertook to consult with An Garda Síochána and to contact you again.
On foot of these consultations, I can inform you that it is established An Garda Síochána policy not to comment on matters that impinge on national security, and for this reason the information you have requested cannot be provided.