299. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice her views on whether the Government policy of a multiethnic Garda Síochána, that would represent the diversity of Irish society is being achieved; the number of applications for Garda recruitment that were received; the number who were actually recruited, respectively broken down by ethnicity in 2019, 2020 and 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23972/22]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Programme for Government commits to Increasing the diversity within An Garda Síochána, prioritising the identification and removal of barriers to recruiting and retaining people from diverse and minority backgrounds.
I have sought the information requested by the Deputy from the Garda authorities, however, the information was not available in time. I will write to the Deputy once the information is to hand.