685. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if funding has been provided for the purchase of additional vehicles for the Garda armed support unit. [50562/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including the distribution of resources between the various Garda units. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters, and cannot comment on them.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the purchase and allocation of vehicles by An Garda Síochána is made on the basis of identified operational demands and availability of resources and is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis.
In 2021, 10 new vehicles were allocated to the Garda Armed Support Unit in Quarter 3 and an additional 3 vehicles will be allocated in Quarter 4 following fit out.
I can inform the Deputy that Budget 2022 provides for an allocation of €12m for further investment in the Garda fleet, the application of which is a matter for the Garda Commissioner to determine as set out above.