Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Questions (566)

Thomas Gould

Question:

566. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice the training provided to gardaí on horse welfare and licensing requirements; and her plans to improve this. [5227/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters relating to the training available to members.  As Minister, I have no role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Control of Horses Act 1996 and the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 have been part of the legislative training programme for Gardaí since their introduction.

I am further informed that since the commencement of the BA in Applied Policing in 2014, Probationer Gardaí whilst on Phase II of the training programme have received instruction on these Acts from their Divisional CPD instructors.