113. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which Garda transport continues to be updated, in line with requirements, and in keeping with best practice internationally; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7568/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Decisions in relation to the provision, allocation and fit out of Garda vehicles are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operational demands and the availability of resources.
In that context, the additional €10 million which I recently secured for investment in the Garda fleet will provide for a significant number of new Garda vehicles. I am advised by the Garda authorities that, to date, an order for 370 new vehicles has been placed. These vehicles are equipped with a varying range of technology to take account of the relevant Garda operational requirements, including state-of-the-art communications equipment.
The vehicles will be allocated over the coming months, following fit out, in accordance with the Garda Commissioner's identified policing requirements.