450. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of boats currently in the Garda Síochána water unit; if all the boats are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34715/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Garda Water Unit is a national resource based at Santry Garda Station, Dublin Metropolitan Region and Athlone Garda Station, Co. Westmeath and is under the direction and control of Assistant Commissioner, National Support Services.
I am advised by the Garda Commissioner who has responsibility for the allocation of resources within the Force that the Garda Water Unit presently has two patrol boats, four rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) and six inflatable boats. The equipment fitted on these boats is regularly upgraded and meets the current requirements of the Garda Water Unit.