402. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if Irish Water is paying for the use of Garda resources in the policing of protests at the installation of water meters. [49577/14]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote. In that context I am informed by the Garda authorities that Irish Water are not contributing financially towards the costs incurred by An Garda Síochána policing protests in respect of the installation of water meters.
The Garda Commissioner may direct members of An Garda Síochána, in compliance with the statutory functions laid down under section 7 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, to attend scenes of protest as required in order to prevent a breach of the peace.