284. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost in a full year to increase the An Garda Síochána training budget by 15%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39771/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote and as such is responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources at his disposal. Those resources have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2018 of more than €1.6 billion.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.