593. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Justice if her Department plans to amend the misuse of drugs regulations to provide clarity and legal certainty to civilian property exhibit management system roles in An Garda Síochána nationally with regard to their ability to control drugs or firearms; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38022/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including human resource matters such as the training and deployment of Garda members and staff. As Minister for Justice, I have no direct role in these matters. 
I am informed by the Garda authorities that under the Garda workforce modernisation initiative, a number of posts were examined for suitability for assignment to Garda staff, including the property and exhibits management (PEMS) posts.   Assignment of Garda staff to roles in respect of PEMS is continuing, and my Department will continue to work with the Garda authorities in respect of any issues arising.