527. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of mountain bikes allocated to each station within the Garda R and J districts in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of gardaí trained in the use of mountain bikes in each of the years in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25244/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the training of its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I am advised by the Commissioner that mountain bike training was not provided in the Garda R District (Coolock District) and J District (Raheny District) in 2016 and 2018. In 2017 4 members of An Garda Síochána from the Raheny District successfully completed mountain bike training.
I am further advised that the information requested by the Deputy regarding the number of mountain bikes allocated to each station within the Coolock District and the Raheny District in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018 is currently being collated and I will write to the Deputy when this information is available.