40. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent of training and continuous professional development provided for members of An Garda Síochána when amending or new legislation is passed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51990/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Training)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: Being a member of An Garda Síochána is an extremely demanding and professional job and it is not comparable to the job performed by members, say, 30 or 40 years ago. Part of the reason for this is the vast array of legislation that passes through the Houses. It is even difficult for lawyers to keep up with the amount of law being generated, not just in the Houses but also in the European Union. Obviously, gardaí need to have knowledge of the law. What is being done to...

272. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which Garda training here remains on par with best international practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52037/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who has statutory responsibility for arranging for the training of personnel and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
In June 2009, The Garda Síochána’s Training and Development Review Group presented its comprehensive findings on training in An Garda Síochána to the Garda Commissioner. The review group was assembled to review all training in An Garda Síochána ...

573. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will make contact with the management of An Garda Síochána to ensure that all future recruits are trained to drive Garda patrol vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47109/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying out and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
However, the Deputy may wish to note that under the Modernisation and Reform Programme 2016 -2021 there is a specific recommendation in relation to Garda Drivers including in relation to training....

175. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the possibility of involving Tusla in aspects of Garda training to ensure An Garda Síochána is best prepared for the challenges posed by issues relating to child safety, child protection and cyber security; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44978/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 188 together.
I wish to inform the Deputy that I have sought a Garda report on these matters, and I will contact him directly when this report is available.
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188. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will engage with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs with a view to enhancing training for gardaí with particular reference to child safety, child protection and cyber security by involving Tusla in the training programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44977/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 188 together.
I wish to inform the Deputy that I have sought a Garda report on these matters, and I will contact him directly when this report is available.
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118. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the 8% reduction in the Garda training and development budget in 2018. (Question 44093/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can confirm for the Deputy that there are no reductions in the Garda training budget. It was noted in the published Budget Day estimate for 2018 for the Garda Vote that a proportion of the estimate for some items, including the subhead to which the Deputy refers is now reflected in a new subhead for the Garda College. This has led to the reallocation of certain costs between subheads in 2018 compared with 2017. This will be appare...

201. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the focus or resources that are available for further education and or continuous professional development within An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40229/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, which includes arranging for the training of Garda members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I am informed by the Commissioner that each Garda Division has a Continuous Professional Development School (CPD) whi...

327. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí that have taken either the level 4 or level 5 Garda driving course in 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; the length of time the course lasts; the frequency with which courses are held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39513/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including by arranging for the training of the members and civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I am informed by the Commissioner that there is a five level suite of competency based driving (CBD) ...

448. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Garda will engage in the joint EU-Israeli LAW-TRAIN project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34816/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy directly when the report is to hand.
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76. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the levels of training provided to members of An Garda Síochána in upholding persons’ right to protest; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33003/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and 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. 
An Garda Síochána is committed to providing a professional, well-led and well managed policing service which is grounded ...

45. Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the training which is in place for gardaí to deal with situations that may arise with elderly persons suffering with dementia and vulnerable persons suffering with mental illness; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26327/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): 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 have requested the specific information sought by the Deputy from the Commissioner and I will write to him upon receipt of same.
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50. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the action being taken to deal with the finding of the recent audit report by the special rapporteur on child protection that there is little or no evidence of child protection training for the majority of gardaí. (Question 26442/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 to 52, inclusive, together.
The report to which the Deputy refers was commissioned by the Garda Commissioner and is a comprehensive examination of the use of section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 by An Garda Síochána to remove a child from the care of its family where a Garda believes there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and welfare of the child. Clearly this is a very...

51. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the action being taken to deal with the finding of the recent audit report by the special rapporteur on child protection that there is an explicit and deeply held culture of placing more emphasis on-the-job learning than on core training in An Garda Síochána. (Question 26443/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 to 52, inclusive, together.
The report to which the Deputy refers was commissioned by the Garda Commissioner and is a comprehensive examination of the use of section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 by An Garda Síochána to remove a child from the care of its family where a Garda believes there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and welfare of the child. Clearly this is a very...

52. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the action being taken to deal with the finding of the recent audit report by the special rapporteur on child protection which suggested an inadequate response on the part of Garda management in the area of changes in ethnic and cultural diversity and that there is a lack of training to help gardaí deal with those changes. (Question 26444/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 to 52, inclusive, together.
The report to which the Deputy refers was commissioned by the Garda Commissioner and is a comprehensive examination of the use of section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 by An Garda Síochána to remove a child from the care of its family where a Garda believes there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and welfare of the child. Clearly this is a very...

52. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the continuing professional development training available to members of An Garda Síochána in dealing with domestic violence. (Question 21157/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and 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.
The Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021 envisages a range of a...

158. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the percentage of Garda that have received counterterrorism training; the reason counterterrorism training is not required for first responders; the actions that have been taken since the attack on Stockholm to better prepare for the possibility of a terror attack; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19982/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As an open and democratic society in the European Union, Ireland cannot consider itself immune from the current international terrorist threat. The assessment of the threat is that while an attack on Ireland is possible, it is not considered likely. Nor is there at present any specific information that an attack on Ireland is planned. The level of threat from this source is kept under constant review by An Garda Síoch...

145. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the training for the new MIT tests that has been carried out in each Garda division; if members in all divisions have been trained to report on the quality measures that will be undertaken to ensure that statistics recorded by An Garda Síochána for MITs will be recorded correctly and accurately from first introduction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16597/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the information requested by the Deputy and I will contact the Deputy directly upon receipt of a Garda report.
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123. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps she has taken to increase the number of gardaí training in Templemore and likely to become available for duty over the next three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15934/17 asked on 30 Mar 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime. To make this a reality for all, the Government has in place a plan to achieve an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. 
This ...

122. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if all members of An Garda Síochána will receive diversity training; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13125/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): 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.
The Garda Commissioner’s Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 commits An Garda Síochána to ensuring that every individual a...

108. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí who have been trained to drug test suspected drivers who are impaired by narcotics and-or prescribed medicines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7085/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and 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.
As the Deputy will be aware the Road Traffic Act 2016, enacted on 28 December last, provides for the introd...

114. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number and location of specially designated training stations for Garda recruits which have the required training and development structures and resources in place, which include trained Garda tutors and access to a permanently appointed supervisory sergeant. (Question 7195/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and 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 informed by the Garda Commissioner that all Gardaí recruited since the reopening of the Garda College...

154. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the Garda lands at Clonmore, County Tipperary; and if they will be used for firearms training. (Question 41873/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested and when it is to hand I will inform the Deputy accordingly.
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85. Deputy James Browne asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a senior garda in each Garda division has been trained to act as a resource and liaison mental health officer in line with the recommendation 15.1.91 of A Vision for Change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38422/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and 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 have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy ...

102. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí available in each region who have been trained to conduct specialist child interviews as part of the joint protocol with the Health Service Executive; the resources available to them to assist in the carrying out of such interviews; her future plans for this area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31609/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 and 128 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts, the various Garda national units and of course Garda Headquarters and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trend...

128. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the numbers of gardaí available in each region who have been trained to conduct specialist child interviews as part of the joint protocol with the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31695/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 and 128 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts, the various Garda national units and of course Garda Headquarters and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trend...