336. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice if she will establish a dedicated transport division of An Garda Síochána; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27230/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, under section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of Garda business, including the recruitment, training and deployment of Garda members and staff. Under section 33 of the Act, the Commissioner is responsible for the distribution and stationing of the Garda Síochána throughout the State, including the establishment of dedicated units within An Garda Síochána. As Minister I have no direct role in these decisions.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána work closely with partner agencies including the National Transport Authority, Irish Rail (DART and InterCity rail) and Transdev Ireland (Luas) to provide a high visibility presence through a co-ordinated approach.
I am further informed that An Garda Síochána do not propose to establish a dedicated transport policing unit at this time.