562. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Justice if funding will be provided for the purchase of high-powered jet skis for the Garda water unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37613/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will be aware that in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. The allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Garda Water Unit Operational Support Services is based at Santry Garda Station, Dublin Metropolitan Region, and Garycastle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and is under the remit of Assistant Commissioner, Organised and Serious Crime.
I am further advised that the Garda Water Unit have currently no plans for the provision of jet skis as part of Garda Water Unit operational deployments. The provision and allocation of all Garda Water Unit resources including two patrol boats and four rigid inflatable boats is under constant review, and applications for new resources are made in line with European marine policing best practices and the Garda Síochána procurement guidelines.