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639. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Justice the number of vacancies that exist at the Garda Information Services Centre in Castlebar, County Mayo; if an overview of the vacancies by grade will be provided; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24029/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy is aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, by law, for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and decisions on the deployment of resources. As Minister, I have no responsibility for these matters. I am assured that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review to ensure their optimum use.
The Garda Information Service Centre (GISC) was established by An Garda Síochána in Castlebar in 2005. I understand that it operates on a 24 hour and seven day a week basis, throughout the year. The objectives include the reduction of time spent by operational members on administrative duties and the improvement of data quality at An Garda Síochána. I am informed by An Garda Síochána that GISC is staffed entirely by Garda staff.
I am advised that as at 6 May 2021, there were 239 Garda staff assigned to GISC. I am further advised that there are currently 32 vacancies that are in various stages of recruitment. The grade breakdown of these vacancies are as follows:
1 Principal Officer
2 Higher Executive Officers
1 Executive Officers
28 Clerical Officers
I understand that the Principal Officer Grade (PO) vacancy is currently filled on an acting basis. An Garda Síochána continues to recruit Garda staff in line with "A Policing Service for our Future", the implementation plan for the report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (CoFPI).
I am further informed that a review of the functions of GISC has been carried out, as recommended by CoFPI, and that its recommendations and staffing implications are under consideration.