814. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice the budget allocation for training and development in An Garda Síochána in 2020 and 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16848/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, by law, for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including all matters related to training and development. Furthermore, under the Section 43(1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer of An Garda Síochána and is responsible the administration of the Garda budget. As Minister, I have no direct role in these decisions.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda College is allocated with a total non-pay budget for the year. This encompasses all administrative expenditure apart from pay – e.g. cleaning, furniture, stationery, postal services etc., and it also includes funding to cover the provision of training services for the organisation. The Garda College allocate this budget as appropriate to cover all non-pay areas.
For 2021, the Garda Finance Directorate allocated a total non-pay budget of €10.065m, this is the same amount that the Garda College received in their original budget allocation in 2020.