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464. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the €7,625,089 cost of the contract awarded to a company (details supplied) for the provision of skilled resources to An Garda Síochána in 2016 includes staff travel and subsistence costs. [24422/18]

465. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the €7,205,435 cost of the contract awarded to a company (details supplied) for the provision of skilled resources to An Garda Síochána in 2015 includes staff travel and subsistence costs. [24423/18]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 464 and 465 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the allocation and management of the Garda ICT budget is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner, as the Accounting Officer for An Garda Síochána.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the cost of the contracts awarded to the company in question for provision of skilled resources in a range of roles to An Garda Síochána, namely €7,205,435 in 2015 and €7,625,089 in 2016, is based on a number of days and an associated rate for each. I am further informed by the Garda authorities that no additional amount was paid for travel and subsistence.