138. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of providing five extra double horse boxes for the Garda mounted unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22318/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána as well as for decisions in relation to the allocation and management of Garda equipment and resources. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda Mounted Unit is based at Áras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. The unit has a national remit under the direction and control of the Assistant Commissioner, Roads Policing and Major Event Management and the operational control of the Superintendent, Operational Support Services.
I understand from the Garda authorities that the estimated cost of providing five extra double horses boxes would be approximately €35,000 in total i.e. approximately €7,000 per additional double horsebox.