205. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to upgrade the TETRA digital radio system; when the current service contract expires; his plans to move to secure 5G technology; if the new secure system (details supplied) will replace the TETRA system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14815/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is generally responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, as well as for decisions in relation to the allocation and management of Garda equipment and resources, including ICT, in light of his identified operational demands.  As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when I receive it I will write directly to the Deputy.