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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Operations

Photo of Lisa ChambersLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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776. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of suspect devices that the Defence Forces disposal unit has dealt with in 2017, by county, in tabular from. [54054/17]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for the internal security of the State.Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power which, in practice, means to assist An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. The Defence Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams respond when a request for assistance is made by An Garda Síochána in dealing with a suspect device. The number of EOD callouts, which include viable devices, hoaxes, false alarms, post-blast analysis and the removal of unstable chemicals in laboratories dealt with up to date in 2017, by county, are set out in the tabular statement below:

CountyNumber of EOD Callouts
Carlow 2
Clare 2
Cork 4
Donegal 4
Dublin 39
Kerry 1
Kildare 9
Kilkenny 1
Laois 3
Limerick 11
Louth 3
Mayo 1
Meath 1
Monaghan 1
Offaly 1
Roscommon 1
Sligo 2
Tipperary 2
Westmeath 4
Wexford 1
Wicklow 1


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