Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) (Cross Border Crime Agency) Bill 2019: First Stage
I support the Bill. "Flash the Lights at Me", an old song from around the Border, was about giving warnings and was related to folk smuggling, so to speak. However, the type of criminality that exists and the agility and ability of criminals to circumvent the State are self-evident in more recent people trafficking. This Bill is all about establishing the dedicated, formal and statutory structure that is required. We are all aware that there is good co-operation between the various agencies, as Deputy Brendan Smith noted. Until such time as this co-operation is placed on a statutory footing and there is accountability, we will not get to grips with the criminality that exists on this island. I fully support the Bill.