Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Joe Costello

Question:

384 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the official regulations, standards or guidelines that govern the handling of Garda informers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10938/03]

The matters referred to by the Deputy in his question are operational matters for the Garda Síochána. I am advised by the Garda authorities, however, that it is not the practice to publicly disclose details of such mat ters as to do so would seriously compromise their effectiveness.