Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Proceeds of Crime

12:00 pm

Photo of Mary UptonMary Upton (Dublin South Central, Labour)
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Question 206: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the potential of the method used by criminals to launder money (details supplied); if the Criminal Assets Bureau has investigated this area; the plans both he and the gardaí have to ensure no illegal use of this method is taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44035/09]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Louth, Fianna Fail)
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Currently the Criminal Justice Act, 1994, as amended, is the primary legislation in dealing with money laundering the proceeds of criminal activity.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Criminal Assets Bureau in cooperation with the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation Money Laundering Investigation Unit and the appointed Gardaí for money laundering reporting in the Garda Divisions, proactively investigate all forms of potential money laundering in pursuit of their statutory remit.

Furthermore my Department is currently undertaking a review of gambling. While betting is currently the legislative responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Finance, the review is examining this sector as well.

In that context the possibilities and opportunities as well as threats posed by remote gambling (i.e gambling through the internet, mobile phone and interactive tv) will be examined.


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