96. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the breakdown of costs to his Department for the visit of the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump; the number of gardaí dispatched; the number of overtime hours worked; the transportation and other associated costs involved in sending gardaí to County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27378/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The only expenditure to be incurred directly by my Department relates to a Press Officer of the Department who was present in County Clare to assist with media operations who will receive travel and subsistence payments in line with standard civil service rates.
In relation to security costs of the visit and in particular the costs incurred by An Garda Síochána, I would remind the Deputy that the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote. He is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the allocation of Garda resources.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will write to the Deputy directly.