321. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount An Garda Síochána received from organisations (details supplied) in 2018 and to date in 2019 towards policing their events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21992/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for An Garda Síochána to charge for policing services provided for events on private property or in areas open to the public. The section covers events such as sports fixtures, concerts, festivals, the making of films, TV programmes and so on. Policing services may be provided where it is in the public interest and consistent with Garda functions.
Setting the level of fees applicable to the provision of services under section 30 of the Act by An Garda Síochána and related matters are for the Garda Commissioner, as the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that policing services in these cases may include both a public service duty and a non-public service duty element. In general, An Garda Síochána seeks to recover the costs associated with provision of non-public service duties at commercial events. I am further informed that the cost to the event holder is determined by the number of Gardaí deployed and the hours they are deployed for. An Garda Síochána issues invoices to all relevant event holders.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table sets out the payments for non-public service duties received by An Garda Síochána from the GAA, FAI and IRFU in 2018 and to date in 2019.
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