237. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full-year cost of recruiting four additional full-time vehicle technicians for An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20807/19]


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 Commissioner for the information requested and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.