Written Answers - Organised Crime

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 717 No. 4

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  158.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   the number of convictions to date against criminal gang members under the Special Criminal Courts legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35641/10]

Minister for Justice and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy.

  159.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   the reason he has not taken steps to cut off the supply of firearms to the criminal elements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35642/10]

Minister for Justice and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 13 of today’s date.

  160.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   the number of occasions on which the special powers arising from legislation passed in the last two years [914]have been invoked to combat organised criminal gangs; the degree of success in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35643/10]

  163.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   the extent, if any, to which the number, location and membership of criminal gangs has been made known to the Garda or his Department; the action taken or proposed to address issues arising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35646/10]

Minister for Justice and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 and 163 together.

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 43 of today’s date.


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