128. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will address a matter (details supplied) regarding automatic number plate recognition; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43219/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the detailed allocation of resources, including the deployment of technology, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner to determine in accordance with identified operational requirements.
I can advise, however, that Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) was introduced into An Garda Síochána in 2008 and, as of 31 October 2015, there are currently 100 ANPR units fitted in official Garda vehicles. ANPR is fitted in official Garda vehicles which are allocated around the country and used on a daily basis to support a wide range of enforcement functions, including detection of stolen and untaxed vehicles, and for crime detection purposes.