Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Departmental Data

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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443. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if there is correspondence or documentation in the possession of her Department that confirms that a person (details supplied) suffered from a psychiatric illness as a result of a workplace incident; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49457/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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I am advised that the position with respect to the matters raised has been fully outlined in correspondence to the person referred to by the Deputy over the course of several years. The matter has also been adjudicated upon by the courts. All relevant papers and records have been provided to the person in question. My Department has nothing further to add to the information already provided in this regard.

Photo of Pauline TullyPauline Tully (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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444. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of full-time accountants working in the Criminal Assets Bureau in each of the past five years in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49470/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is a multi-agency statutory body established under the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996. The Bureau’s remit is to target a person's assets, wherever situated, which derive, or are suspected to derive, directly or indirectly, from criminal conduct. Since its inception, the Bureau has been at the forefront of fighting organised crime in this jurisdiction and disrupting the activities of criminal gangs by depriving them of ill-gotten assets.

Under the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996, the Chief Bureau Officer is responsible for the management and control of the administration and business of the Criminal Assets Bureau, including the staffing of the Bureau. Under the Act, the Chief Bureau Officer is responsible to the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána for these functions. As Minister for Justice I have no direct role in these functions, nor can I comment on them.

I am advised by the Bureau that the below table outlines the number of Forensic Accountants employed by the CAB for each of the past five years. The most recent Financial Accountant was appointed to the Bureau in August 2021. This completes the Bureau’s compliment of Forensics Accountants at this point in time. Staffing levels and resources are kept under constant review and will be revised as necessary.

2017 2
2018 3*
2019 3*
2020 3*
2021 4*

* 1 x Forensic Accountant is on 0.8 FTE (Full Time Equivalent)

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