150. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the contracts and projects awarded to companies since 2009 that have been supported or co-financed by the EU under the internal security fund; the names of the companies that have been awarded the contracts; and the costs associated with same, in tabular form. [7901/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The purpose of the Internal Security Fund (ISF) is to promote the implementation of the EU’s
Internal Security Strategy,
law enforcement cooperation, and the
management of the Union's external borders. The Finance Directorate of An Garda Síochána is the designated Responsible Authority of the ISF.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that as prescribed by EU Procurement Directives certain exemptions can be invoked, in particular, in the areas of Defence and Security contracts for goods and/or services. To provide details of these contracts would give rise to unnecessary risk to the essential security interests of the State.
However, I am informed by the Garda authorities that, since 2009 total expenditure for the ISF is €2,529,630.