153. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Justice the additional number of gardaí who have been allocated to special units the past three years; the activities which have been enhanced through these units; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57741/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the general administration including the allocation of personnel within An Garda Síochána is a matter for the Garda Commissioner under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, and the decision to allocate resources to Garda Specialist units is assessed and carried out in line with operational demand.
The table at the link below includes the number of Garda members assigned to national units supporting the work of Garda Divisions across the country.
Garda Special Units
The table above does not include the numbers of Gardaí assigned to Specialist Tactics and Operations Command, which cannot be released for operational reasons.