Nearly €7 million was received by An Garda Síochána for policing commercial events over the last two years, it has emerged.

According to figures released by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, the force received payments totalling €6.98m for policing sporting, music and other events nationwide from the organisers.

However, the €2.8m provisional figure for 2013 is down around €1.3m on the total for 2012.

Over the two years, sporting events provided the largest income at nearly €3m.

However, the provisional figure for 2012 showed a drop of nearly €1m on the previous year – down from €1.95m to €0.97m.

Revenue from concerts and musical events rose by just over €250,000 to €1m last year, while other events brought in €873,926.

The figures were released by the minister in response to a parliamentary question from Tommy Broughan TD.

No details of the costs incurred by the force were revealed.