563. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice if there are plans in 2022 to replace any of the helicopters or aircraft in the Garda air support unit. [43893/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including insofar as the matters referred to are concerned.
I can, however, advise the Deputy that while there are currently no plans to procure aircraft in 2022, the requirements in this regard are kept under ongoing review in the context of the investment being made in An Garda Síochána and the Commissioner's operational priorities, as well as overall planning for capital expenditure under the National Development Plan.