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304. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if members of An Garda Síochána receive specific training for dealing with persons suspected to be suffering with mental health issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9359/18]

305. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if mental health response units are available for members of An Garda Síochána to contact in cases of a mental health emergency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9360/18]

306. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána has a dedicated mental health unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9362/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 304 to 306, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I have sought a report from the Garda Commissioner in relation to the information requested by the Deputy and I write directly to the Deputy when the report is to hand.