542. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if a competition to fill the vacancies in a unit (details supplied) will be held before the end of 2021. [43405/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including the deployment of Gardaí and their allocation to Garda units. As Minister for Justice, I have no direct role in these matters.
Community policing is at the heart of An Garda Síochána, and all Gardaí have a role to play in community policing in the course of carrying out their duties. To date, the official categorisation as a Community Garda refers to those who are exclusively assigned to building relationships with local communities and civil society, including by giving talks to schools, community groups and others. 
I am informed by the Garda authorities that approval has been granted to commence a competition to assign 3 Sergeants and 17 Garda posts within the Coolock District Community Policing Units, Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) North. I am advised that these posts will be filled from current divisional resources. I am informed that planning for this competition is underway but I understand that a completion date for the competition has not yet been established.