I propose to take Questions Nos. 32 and 65 together.
I am assured by the Garda authorities that every possible effort is made to locate missing persons. In this regard, the Garda has a particular responsibility in tracing those persons who are under 18 years of age or physically or mentally handicapped or whose disappearance occurred in circumstances which give rise to fears for their physical or moral safety. It has to be borne in mind that some adults may decide, in effect, to go "missing". While this undoubtedly gives rise to great concern on the part of their families and friends, it is a personal choice for the person concerned.
The Garda put substantial resources into tracing those missing persons for whom they have a particular responsibility. In 1995, the last year for which figures are available, the number of such persons reported missing to the Garda was 1,444. Of these, 1,432 persons were subsequently traced.
As the Deputies will appreciate, the detailed deployment of Garda personnel and resources is a matter for the Garda authorities. In this regard, I am informed by the Garda authorities that all reported cases of missing persons are followed up and that in the vast bulk of cases the persons concerned have been located.