Wednesday, 12 May 1971
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Donegan: asked the Minister for Justice the number of charges of  conspiracy preferred against citizens in the last ten years; the number of persons who pleaded guilty; the number of persons found guilty; and the number of persons acquitted.
Mr. O'Malley: Separate statistics for the offence of conspiracy are not kept and a detailed search through records at local level would be required to assemble the information asked for. I do not consider that the value of the information would justify the expenditure of resources required to assemble it.
Mr. L'Estrange: Is it not true that nobody was convicted in the last few years and is it not also true that it is almost impossible to get a conviction under this heading and that is the reason why certain people were prosecuted last year under this heading?
Mr. O'Malley: As I have said, I have not got the figures and they cannot be obtained except at the cost of considerable public expense. I have no reason to believe that what the Deputy alleges is true.
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