309. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if an investigation was commenced in 2017 by OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office, into spending at the Garda Training College, Templemore; if so, if the investigation has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44533/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 it is the Garda Commissioner who is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote and is in law responsible for ensuring that the appropriate controls apply to expenditure within the organisation.
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is an organ of the European Union and is independent in the performance of its functions.
I will write directly to the Deputy in relation to this matter, when I am provided with information by An Garda Síochána in relation to the matter he has raised.