Dáil Éireann - Volume 648 - 26 February, 2008
Written Answers. - Garda Operations.
Deputy Ciarán Lynch Deputy Ciarán Lynch
Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the annual cost for each year since 2002 to date in 2008 of policing League of Ireland football matches. [7612/08]
Deputy Brian Lenihan Deputy Brian Lenihan
Deputy Brian Lenihan: I am advised by the Garda authorities that organisers of events request the services of Gardaí on a non-public duty basis for inside the event location and pay for the cost of such duties. The cost to the Football  Association of Ireland for having members of An Garda Síochána at League of Ireland matches on non-public duty for the years 2005 to 2008 is as follows:
The costs of policing duties performed by Gardaí outside of the grounds, such as traffic control, beat patrols and other policing duties, are paid from public funds. I am advised by the Garda authorities that the overall annual cost for policing of League of Ireland matches as well as the non-public duty costs prior to 2005 are not readily available. I am further advised that the information requested can only be obtained by the disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and resources relative to the information sought.
Dáil Éireann 648 Written Answers. Garda Operations.