Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
235. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons killed as a result of gangland violence in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48696/19]
Significant progress is being made by An Garda Síochána in targeting organised crime and associated violence.I understand from the Commissioner that since its establishment in March 2015 the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has been responsible for:
- seizure of controlled substances with an estimated street value of approximately €167 million;
- seizure of cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime, to a value of €10 million; and
- seizure of 108 firearms and over 3,000 rounds of ammunition.
I further understand that in 2019 alone, the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has been responsible for seizure of controlled substances to the value of €20 million; cash believed to the be the proceeds of crime to the value of €2.4 million; and 17 firearms.
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the years 2015-2019 from the Garda authorities and I will write directly to the Deputy directly once I receive it.