240. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána has a policy for the force with respect to drink and drug testing; if so, if he will provide a copy of the policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46239/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the administration and management of An Garda Síochána is a matter for the Garda Commissioner.
I am informed that An Garda Síochána is developing a Drug and Alcohol Policy which will apply both to Garda members and staff, when finalised. A draft policy has been prepared and is currently being discussed with relevant stakeholders, including the representative bodies and the Garda Chief Medical Officer.