334. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the funding she has provided to An Garda Síochána to upgrade and modernise its dispatch systems centrally and in each Garda station in 2018, 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021. [53780/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. The Commissioner is also the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote. As Minister, I have no direct role in these independent functions.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the project to develop an upgraded Garda Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD II) began in late 2020, with the signing of a 5 year contract with a total value of €15.4m. It is expected that a phased rollout will commence by early 2023. The following table provides the overall expenditure on the project by year and to date in 2021. It should be noted that the expenditure in 2019 was for professional services to support the tender process. The annual figures set out below reflect actual expenditure in each year.

CAD II Expenditure
2018 €Nil
2019 €114,166.14
2020 €1,897,226.65
2021 €1,903,539.85 (to date)
Total €3,914,932.64