528. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Frontex officers working with An Garda Síochána or bodies under the aegis of his Department; and the number that will be working with those organisations after 29 March 2019. [13448/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, the manner in which the resources of the Garda Síochána are deployed is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his management team and I, as Minister, have no direct role in this regard.
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.
As the Deputy will be aware Frontex is the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. It was established in 2005 and has its headquarters in Warsaw, Poland. Frontex is tasked with border control of the European Schengen Associated Countries .
I am informed by the Commissioner that there are no Frontex Officers working directly with An Garda Síochána, however, members of An Garda Síochána attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) regularly participate in Frontex-coordinated operations and exercises with other EU Member States.