462. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff, including Garda in-house and external staff provided by a company (details supplied) allocated to provide live support for the Garda IS infrastructure in 2016. [24408/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the allocation and management of Garda equipment and resources, including ICT, are a matter for the Garda Commissioner. As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that Garda IS infrastructure consists of a range of technologies, platforms and associated systems. There are both "live" and “test" versions of the Garda IS infrastructure, all of which have to be supported. I am further informed that support for the Garda IS Infrastructure is provided under a number of contracts with different suppliers including the company referred to.
According to the Garda authorities, the total number of staff allocated in 2016 by the company referred to and An Garda Síochána to provide support across the range of Garda IS infrastructure was 86, comprising 23 in-house Garda staff and 63 staff provided by the company referred to.
I am further informed by the Garda authorities that this does not include telecommunications staff who support data network infrastructure, or support of infrastructure supplied by external suppliers other than the company referred to.