135. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána uses technology provided by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11037/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána as well as for decisions in relation to the allocation and management of Garda resources, including in relation to ICT. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the only equipment in use which has been manufactured by the company referred to are branded modems supplied by mobile network operators. I am further informed that these external modems are being phased out, as they are being replaced by laptops with an internal modem.