Airgeadas agus Acmhainní na nGardaí
One of the key roles of the Garda Division of the Department is to assess and represent, with colleagues from our Financial Shared Services, the budgetary requirements of An Garda Síochána in the Annual and Multi-annual Estimates process. The Division also maintains an overview of Garda expenditure, especially in relation to ensuring consistency with policy objectives.
Under the Garda Síochána Acts, the role of Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote transferred to the Garda Commissioner in July, 2006. Accordingly, delegation of authority for expenditure, subject to certain limits, now resides with the Commissioner. However, for expenditure over these limits, Department of Finance sanction is required and such requests for sanction are routed, in the first instance, though the Garda Division of the Department.
The Division works closely with various specialist Divisions within An Garda Síochána, including the Garda Finance Directorate, Garda IT Division, Garda Telecoms Division and the Garda Accommodation Officer. It liaises with other Departments and organisations including the Office of Public Works (OPW) in relation to the Garda Building Programme and purchase of Garda vehicles and Pobal in relation to the grant aiding of schemes under the community-based CCTV scheme. Garda Division also represents the Department on various cross-organisational groups, such as the inter-departmental steering committee for the National Digital Radio Service.
The Division maintains a policy role in relation to Ireland’s involvement in the Schengen Agreement, specifically regarding the development of a national Schengen Information System (SIS) and on the implementation of certain technical elements of Council Decision 2008/615/JHA on stepping up of cross-border cooperation to combat terrorism and cross-border crime (also referred to as "The Prüm Convention").
he Division also liaises with related agencies such as the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission and the Garda Inspectorate in relation to financial matters.
The financial allocations for the Garda Síochána are published each year by the Department of Finance. Detailed estimates of receipts and expenditure for the current fiscal year and past years since 2000 can be found on the on the website of the Estimates of Expenditure on Public Services for 2010