Tuesday, 17 May 2005
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Garda Security Escorts
Question 296: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the criteria that are used in determining the consignments of cash in transit by security firms which merit a military escort; the process by which such a decision is reached; the number of such escorts that are provided each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12346/05]
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the criteria for determining the level of security provided for cash in transit vehicles is made having taken all material facts into consideration, such as the amount of money being carried, the planned routes and any other relevant information. These factors, together with an analysis of available information and intelligence, assist in categorising the level of armed protection to be afforded in such cases.
For operational reasons, it is not the practice of the Garda Síochána to provide details of the number of Garda-Army escorts carried out in the State.