The roles of the Defence Forces as assigned by Government are set out in the White Paper on Defence which was published in February 2000. To aid the civil power, meaning in practice to assist, when requested, the Garda Siochána which has the primary responsibility for law and order, including the protection of the internal security of the State, is among the assigned roles. The Defence Forces, pursuant to their role of rendering aid to the civil power, assist the Garda as required in duties which include the escorts of cash in transit. Each cash escort would include deliveries to banks, post offices and other institutions.
Statistical records compiled by my Department do not differentiate between banks, post offices and other institutions. The number of requests for cash escorts received by the military authorities from the Garda for the years 2000 to 2002 was as follows: 2000, 2,285; 2001, 2,488; 2002, 2,516.