448. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of the Garda ministerial transport pool in each of the years 2013, 2014 and in 2015 to date; the number of cars and drivers in the pool; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34713/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In keeping with the Government’s commitment under the Programme for National Recovery 2011-2016, revised arrangements for Ministerial transport were implemented in May and June 2011. The annual cost of the Garda Ministerial Pool from 2013 to September 2015 is as follows:

Year Annual Cost
2013 €2.160m
2014 €2.142m
2015 (to September) €1.580m
A ministerial car is provided to the following 6 office holders;
- President
- Taoiseach
- Tánaiste
- Minister for Justice and Equality
- Director of Public Prosecutions
- Chief Justice
There are a total of 26 Ministerial drivers and 25 Ministerial vehicles attached to the Ministerial Section.
It should be noted that the costs incurred by An Garda Síochána for the provision of transport to office holders have reduced dramatically during the lifetime of this Government, having fallen from €7.503m in 2010 to €2.142m in 2014.