Dáil Éireann - Volume 589 - 07 October, 2004
Written Answers. - Garda Communications.
Mr. J. O’Keeffe Mr. J. O’Keeffe
235. Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the estimated cost of acquisition and roll out of the new Tetra Garda radio communications system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23949/04]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Mr. McDowell: As the Deputy will be aware, a pilot digital radio system covering the Dublin north central division and traffic section, Dublin Castle has been completed by the Garda Síochána. Following its successful completion, the Garda Síochána prepared a detailed business case for the extension of the system on a nationwide basis and this was submitted to me by the Garda Commissioner for consideration. The business case contained very broad indicative costs for various procurement models.
Discussions are ongoing between officials of my Department, the Garda authorities and the Department of Finance on the various technical and implementation options, and I expect these to be concluded in the near future. The procurement model to be adopted will have a significant bearing on the overall costs. Accordingly, I expect the estimated costs to be finalised as part of this process.
Dáil Éireann 589 Written Answers. Garda Communications.