59. Deputy John Curran asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí who have now been assigned with responsibilities to deal with the disclosures tribunal, by rank; if the tribunal is now the sole matter that any of these gardaí is dealing with; the units and operations these gardaí have come from to deal with tribunal matters; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12447/17]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
I am informed by the Commissioner that a Tribunal Coordination Office has been established by An Garda Síochána. This office is staffed by one full-time member, seconded temporarily from the Office of Corporate Communications. A number of additional personnel are facilitating the work of this office on an ad hoc basis as requirements dictate. I am further informed that liaison persons have been nominated from relevant sections/Regions to deal with specific requests from the Tribunal.