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132. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda officers by rank who are subject to official disciplinary action over the misuse of the PULSE computer system and other information systems with An Garda Síochána from 1 January 2018 to date in 2019; the number of civilian staff by grade who are subject to official disciplinary action over the misuse of the PULSE computer system and other information systems with the force from 1 January 2018 to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10978/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, disciplinary matters within An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007 and are a matter for the Garda Commissioner.
I am advised by the Commissioner that no Garda Staff (civilian) were subject to official disciplinary action over the misuse of the PULSE computer system and other information systems within An Garda Síochána from 1 January 2018 to 5 March 2019.
I am further advised that in the year 2018, the discipline section at Internal Affairs, Garda Headquarters opened 15 discipline investigation files regarding Garda members, all of Garda rank, which relate to the alleged misuse of the Garda PULSE system.  As of 5 th March, 2019, three of these files have since been closed as the Garda members were found not to be in breach of discipline.
In the current year up to 5 March 2019, the discipline section at Internal Affairs, Garda Headquarters, has opened four discipline investigation files regarding members of Garda rank which relate to the alleged misuse of the Garda PULSE system.