74. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Garda overtime budget has been cut; if so, the areas of operation affected; if such overtime cuts apply to the Louth Garda division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21226/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the Garda overtime budget. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the information requested and when it is received I will write directly to the Deputy.