I should say at the outset that I, as Minister, have no responsibility to direct An Garda Síochána operationally or in the assigning of personnel to relation to particular operations. Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) vests full control of An Garda Síochána in the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no power to interfere or intervene in such matters.
Further, voter registration is not a matter in relation to which my Department has any function.
As the Deputy will be aware, my Department sought and received clarification from him in relation to his question and I will revert to him as soon as the information concerned is received from An Garda Síochána.
A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.