235. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his engagement and that of his predecessors with the management of An Garda Síochána regarding the former Dublin Garda station in O'Connell Street in the context of its reopening on a full-time basis. [24940/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources made available to An Garda Síochána. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations. Indeed the Deputy may recall that as recently as December 2018, the Garda Síochána Inspectorate in its report “Policing with Local Communities” confirmed that it is appropriate that the Commissioner should continue to hold this responsibility.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for certain information in relation to the office referred to by the Deputy and I will write directly to the Deputy when that is available.