112. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice if she will consult with the Garda Commissioner to consider the introduction of a medal scheme for members of An Garda Síochána in recognition of their service during the Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34293/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will appreciate, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of Garda business, which includes matters in relation to any medal or commendation scheme. I, as Minister, have no role in these matters.
I am informed by Garda authorities that there are currently no plans being considered in respect of a medal scheme specifically for service during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I am assured that Garda members' excellent police work during the pandemic will be acknowledged and incorporated into the Garda Centenary celebrations in 2022.