806. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of dogs currently in the Garda dog unit that are trained in explosives. [21429/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána, including the allocation of resources to the various units within the organisation. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are currently 28 dogs attached to the Garda Dog Unit, consisting of general purpose, drugs and explosive detection dogs.  There are currently five dogs trained in explosives detection attached to the unit.