532. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 114 of 14 February 2019, the amount of the €249,924 paid to a company (details supplied) for consultancy services rendered to An Garda Síochána that related to VAT and to expenses incurred, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13483/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for An Garda Síochána and is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, as well as for the effective and efficient use of resources.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the amount of €249,924 paid to the company referred to by the Deputy was comprised of the following elements:

Administration & Business Amount
Fee €195,881
Taxable Expenses €7,309
VAT @ 23% €46,734
Total €249,924