Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Questions (579)

Barry Cowen

Question:

579. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Justice the budget allocation to the Garda air support unit in 2019, 2020 and 2021, in tabular form. [5511/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for carrying on and managing the administration and business of the organisation as well as for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands.  As Minister, I have no role in those matters.

I understand that the Garda Air Support Unit was established in September 1997 and that it currently comprises one fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table details the total expenditure for the Garda Air Support Unit for the period 2019 and 2020.

Year

Expenditure

2019

€ 3,223,402

2020

€ 4,099,346

It is envisaged that the budget allocated to the Garda Air Support Unit for 2021 will be in line with the prior year and will meet all operational requirements.