117. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of audits conducted by the Garda professional standards unit, GPSU, of the PULSE system and other data systems in the past three years and to date in 2018; the number of audits conducted by the GPSU regarding access by officers to case files and hard copy data files over the same period; if irregularities were identified; the number of officers that have been disciplined for non-business access to data systems electronic or hard copy during the same period by district and division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10232/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information sought by the Deputy is currently not to hand. A request has been made to the Garda Commissioner and when the information is received I will write to the deputy directly.
I wish to make clear to the Deputy that the issues under question are operational matters falling solely under the remit of the Garda Commissioner. The control, direction and operation of An Garda Síochána is not subject to the powers of my office and these are limitations which must be respected.