570. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if serving Garda personnel may assist with voter registration on third level campuses or institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16306/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I should say at the outset that I, as Minister, have no responsibility to direct An Garda Síochána operationally or in the assigning of personnel to relation to particular operations. Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) vests full control of An Garda Síochána in the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no power to interfere or intervene in such matters.

Further, voter registration is not a matter in relation to which my Department has any function.

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department sought and received clarification from him in relation to his question and I will revert to him as soon as the information concerned is received from An Garda Síochána.