Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that savings made by other departments will be directed towards the Department of Justice to cover the €51m extra needed by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to fund An Garda Síochána.

Speaking in Limerick, Mr Noonan said that when it comes to big budgets, some departments have savings and some others need extra money.

He said there are always things happening on the security front, and it would be foolhardy for any government not to make provision for those matters.

The minister said that looking at the Exchequer returns at the end of October, when income taxes and underspending are taken into account there is a figure of just under €900m on hand into the end of the year.

He said there are always some adjustments to be made at the end of the year and in percentage terms it is not very big considering the size of the budget at the Department of Justice.