237. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent by his Department on the recent visit by the President of the United States of America in June 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24970/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The only expenditure to be incurred directly by my Department relates to a Press Officer of the Department who was present in County Clare to assist with media operations who will receive travel and subsistence payments in line with standard civil service rates.
In relation to security costs of the visit and in particular the costs incurred by An Garda Síochána, I would remind the Deputy that the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote. He is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the allocation of Garda resources.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will write to the Deputy directly.