488. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí who took the Garda HGV course in 2018; the duration of the course; the frequency with which this course is held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1648/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As you will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for An Garda Síochána including the training of the members and staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that 9 Garda members underwent the HGV Course (Class C1) in 2018. The duration of this training course is 5 days and HGV Courses are delivered based on operational demand.