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424. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will report on spending by An Garda Síochána on surveillance equipment and technology; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34302/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 the Garda Commissioner is responsible for controlling the general management and administration of the Force within the context of agreed annual policing plans. This includes the procurement and maintenance of various technologies utilised to support frontline Gardaí and intelligence led operations against organised crime.
In that context I am advised by the Commissioner that approximately €0.139m was spent by An Garda Síochána on surveillance equipment and technology in the last full year 2014. Question No. 425 answered with Question No. 423.