Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (540)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

540. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide in tabular form the number of suspect devices that the army disposal unit has had to deal with in each of the past five years and to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9958/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The primary responsibility for the maintenance of law and order rests with An Garda Síochána. The Defence Forces, pursuant to their role of rendering Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP), assist An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Teams respond when a request is made by An Garda Síochána for assistance in dealing with a suspect device or for the removal of old ordnance. The number of times that the Defence Forces EOD teams have been deployed in the past five years and to date in 2013 is set out below.

Year

Total number of Callouts

Number of callouts for Viable Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

2008

180

44

2009

196

63

2010

198

53

2011

237

70

2012

209

96

2013 to date

35

21

Apart from IEDs, other types of callouts would include hoaxes, false alarms, post-blast analysis, unstable chemicals and conventional munitions destruction of old historical artillery shells.