Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (148, 149, 150)

Jack Wall

Question:

149 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons arrested for illegal drug misuse or sale in the Kildare/Carlow division for each of the past three years; the number of convictions in regard to each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8156/04]

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Jack Wall

Question:

150 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of gardaí attached to the Kildare/Carlow division dealing exclusively with illegal drug misuse and the sale of such illegal drugs; the number of seminars the gardaí have attended about educating persons on the danger of such substances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8157/04]

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Jack Wall

Question:

151 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the amount of illegal substances apprehended by the gardaí in the Kildare/Carlow division for each of the past three years; the number of substances apprehended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8158/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 to 151 inclusive together.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength, all ranks, of the Carlow/Kildare division as at the 9 March 2004 was 325. The numbers of gardaí attached to drug units in the Carlow/Kildare division is ten, all ranks. I am further informed that there were 61 seminars/talks on the dangers of illegal substances given by the Garda Síochána in the Carlow/Kildare division in 2003.

All gardaí in the Carlow/Kildare division have a responsibility,inter alia, for illegal substance detection. It has not been possible in the timeframe allowed to compile the information requested by the Deputy about the number of persons arrested for illegal drug misuse or sale and the amount of illegal substances apprehended by the gardaí in the Kildare/Carlow division. I will revert to the Deputy as soon as the information is made available to me.