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Garda Training

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 18 November 2020

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Ceisteanna (150)

Catherine Murphy

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150. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 174 of 24 September 2020, if the 323 members that have already been given access to the FCN app completed the training to date and if not, the date on which it is planned that online training can take place for the other 407 members. [37203/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the 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 150 for answer on 18 November 2020, in which you requested further to Parliamentary Question No. 174 of 24 September 2020, if the 323 members that have already been given access to the FCN app completed the training to date and if not, the date on which it is planned that online training can take place for the other 407 members.
You will recall that the information could not be obtained in the time available and I undertook to consult with An Garda Síochána and contact you again when the information was available.
You will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is, by law, responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána including arranging for the training of its members and civilian staff, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I am informed by Garda authorities, that the 323 members referred to in Parliamentary Question No. 174, dated 24 September 2020, have received training in respect of the FCN App.
With respect to the remaining members, given the decision of Government to move the entire Country to Level 5, all face-to-face meetings became unachievable and it was decided to sanction the download of the FCN App to the remainder of the Roads Policing Units remotely. All Members have been provided access to training material, and local Champions and the Active Mobility Team are available for support to these members. A formal online course, in respect of the FCN App, will be available by the end of 2020, and local familiarisation and demonstrations will recommence when safe and practical to do so.
I hope this information is of assistance.
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