313. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of instances of Garda firearms and less than lethal weapons being discharged in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23281/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Garda HQ Directive 10/2010 came into effect on 26 January 2010. This requires An Garda Síochána to notify the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission of the discharge of a firearm, or less than lethal device, within 48 hours of the event occurring.
This requirement is additional to that set out in section 102 (1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 which is a statutory requirement on the Garda Commissioner to refer to GSOC any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a Garda may have resulted in the death or serious harm to a person.
Based on the notifications made to GSOC by An Garda Síochána, under Directive 10/2010, I wish to provide the Deputy with the following information which I have received from GSOC.

Year OC (Pepper)Spray Taser Firearms
2017 657 34 6
2018 687 31 4
2019 to date 257 8 1