137. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount An Garda Síochána spent on the replacement of Garda batons for the public order units in 2017, 2018 and to date in the 2019, in tabular form; the length of the batons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22313/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources are for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for information in relation to the matter raised and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.