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220. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff nationally involved in investigating material on mobile phones, computers and so on relating to child sexual offences; the qualifications needed for such work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30199/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing An Garda Síochána including personnel matters.
Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
I have requested a report from the Commissioner in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy and I will revert to him when it is to hand.