273. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to provide funding for the purchase of water cannons for An Garda Síochána to deal with major public order incidents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6323/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the provision of equipment for An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested by the Deputy and will revert to him in writing as soon as I have this information to hand.