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Finance Publication Scheme FOI

Finance Publication Scheme FOI

The Finance Directorate

An Executive Director of Finance and Services manages the Garda Finance Directorate. The Finance Section is located in Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.

The overall goal of the Finance Directorate is aimed at delivering a professional service that supports the Strategic goals of An Garda Síochána. The objective of the strategy is to enhance the organisation’s performance and accountability systems and to harness technology and information to generate efficiencies in the delivery of an effective policing service.

The Finance Directorate’s Strategy also aims to reduce the organisation’s cost base through targeted cost saving initiatives and public procurement while developing the knowledge and skills of staff to ensure that the strategic objectives are achieved.

Responsibility for day-to-day management of expenditure of the Garda Vote transferred to the Garda Commissioner in July 2006, when the Commissioner was appointed as the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote/Budget which amounts to €1.35 billion for 2015.

The Finance Directorate has the responsibility for the financial management of the Garda Vote as well as providing strategic and operational support and advice at all levels in An Garda Síochána.

It provides Garda management with financial information to assist with decision making and the delivery of improved services and value for money throughout the organisation.

The Finance and Services Directorate consists of the following sections:

- Finance Section
- Procurement Section
- Transport Section
- Housing Section

The Finance Directorate can be contacted at:

Finance Directorate
Garda Headquarters
Phoenix Park
Dublin 8

Tel: +353 1 6662175
Fax: +353 1 6661966

Finance Section

About the Finance Section

The Finance section consists of the following sub sections:

- Financial Accounting Section
- Management Accounting Section
- Finance Claims Section

The Financial Accounting Section's functions include:

• Preparation of An Garda Síochána’s Annual Appropriation Accounts
• Liaison with Internal Audit and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General
• Accounts Payable
• Purchasing
• Accounts Receivable
• Garda Central Stores
• Asset Register maintenance

The Management Accounting Section’s functions include:

• Providing financial reporting information to all Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts
• Monitoring of expenditure and the provision of variance analysis
• Expenditure profiling and projections
• Devolvement of budgets to Regions and Branches
• Assisting sections with all queries relating to budgets and expenditure
• Production of the Multi-Annual Budgets and Annual Estimates submissions to the Department of Justice & Equality in respect of the Garda Vote
• Costing of major events requiring significant Garda policing
• Implementation and ongoing maintenance of Garda Financial Management Systems

The Claims Section functions include:

• Processing travel and subsistence claims
• Helpdesk for claims processed at District level
• Internal Travel Bureau - processing and advising upon travel and subsistence claims
• Management of Garda Printing Section
• Management of Garda Repository stores

Financial Information

Financial Statements & Estimate Provisions

Certified Accounts for An Garda Síochána can be found on the website of the Comptroller & Auditor General

Estimate provisions for An Garda Síochána can be found on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Senior Management Expenses

Other Reports:

• An Garda Síochána Purchase orders for goods and services of more than €20k http://www.garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=55&Lang=1

• Prompt Payment Reports http://www.garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=55&Lang=1

Public Spending Code

The Public Spending Code commenced in September 2013 and updated previous guidelines, circulars and directions in relation to capital appraisal and value for money.

The public spending code is designed to ensure that the State gets the best possible value for the resources at its disposal. The code applies to both capital and current expenditure and outlines what is required of public service managers at different points of the expenditure lifecycle such as appraising, planning, approving, implementing and reviewing.

The code replaces the previous spot check regime with a new streamlined quality assurance process and Government Departments are required to submit an annual Quality Assurance Report, signed off by the Accounting Officer to the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.

Environmental Strategy

An Garda Síochána is taking a strategic approach to energy management through the Public Sector Energy Partnership initiative.

To support this initiative An Garda Síochána is currently implementing commitments contained under the Garda Environmental Strategy 2013 – 2015.

An Garda Síochána have implemented a number of energy efficiency projects in collaboration with the OPW and funding received through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The overall aim is to achieve the public sector energy saving targets set out under the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 – 2020 published by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources.

Garda Housing Section - Estate Management

Reflecting the needs of an organisation with a personnel complement of approximately 15,000 personnel, the portfolio of buildings and accommodation in use by An Garda Síochána is significant and diverse. 

The estate of Garda buildings and accommodation incorporates in excess of 550 individual stations and a range of national, support, administrative and specialist accommodation and facilities.  Garda stations range from large Regional and Divisional Headquarter facilities with large personnel levels delivering multiple policing functions, down to “basic units” operating predominantly in rural areas that provide public-facing functions with limited opening hours. 

Non-station accommodation includes national facilities such as Garda Headquarters at Phoenix Park in Dublin, accommodation for National Support Services at Harcourt Square and the Garda College in Templemore.

Garda accommodation comes under the portfolio of State property, the management and maintenance of which is the responsibility of the Office of Public Works (OPW). Its functions include building management and maintenance, the provision of new accommodation by way of purchase, construction, or rent, and the design, procurement and management of construction, renovation or maintenance projects. 

The programme of refurbishment and replacement of Garda accommodation throughout the country is determined on the basis of accommodation priorities identified by An Garda Síochána.  The OPW, on foot of an analysis of the accommodation priorities determined by An Garda Síochána, provides options on identifying appropriate, cost effective solutions to the requirements of An Garda Síochána.  Garda accommodation projects are progressed having regard to the level of capital funding that is available in the OPW Vote for Garda projects.

An Garda Síochána Housing Section co-ordinates all accommodation requirements of An Garda Síochána and liaises with the OPW. This includes new buildings as well as refurbishments, extensions and maintenance of Garda premises. 

The funding of capital works undertaken by the OPW on behalf of An Garda Síochána is met primarily from the Vote of the OPW.  Capital expenditure includes all site purchases, new buildings, refurbishments, leases and fit-outs. In addition, a budget to cover minor emergency maintenance works is provided for in the Vote of An Garda Síochána.

Garda Housing Section also supports the implementation of the Garda Environmental Strategy through interaction with the OPW.

A complete list of Garda Stations can be found at the following link.

Transport Section

The Garda Transport Section manages a fleet of approximately 2,600 vehicles distributed throughout Garda Divisions and specialist units. Details of the current fleet are available here.