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710. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice if a review will be undertaken of arrangements for ministerial security (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51990/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The appalling incident that the Deputy refers to should not be allowed to negatively impact the accessibility of elected representatives to members of the public.
As the Deputy will appreciate, for good reason it is not the practise to deal publicly with security matters. Therefore it would not be appropriate for me to give details of the arrangements that may be put in place with regard to Ministerial security. To do so would be contrary to the public interest.
That said, the personal safety of individuals is a priority, and the arrangements for Ministerial security operate dynamically on the basis of an ongoing threat assessment and a risk analysis carried out by An Garda Síochána who are the operational experts in these matters. Arrangements in individual cases are subject to review by An Garda Síochána, having regard to the particular circumstances and in consultation with the office holder.
More generally, my Department and An Garda Síochána keep all security matters, including the safety and security of public representatives, under constant review.