33. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality in view of the investment in the procurement of vehicles to support the work of An Garda Síochána, if any such vehicles will be equipped with additional facilities and supports to assist An Garda Síochána in policing duties in rural areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7109/15]
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 will be allocated over the coming months, following fit out, in accordance with the Garda Commissioner's identified policing requirements.
I am further informed that Garda vehicles are designed to perform a range of duties and current vehicle specifications are deemed sufficient to meet operational demands.