230. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year cost of recruiting three additional digital forensic specialists for the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. [20686/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including arrangements relating to the recruitment and training of members. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the information requested and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.