Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (173, 174, 175)

Robert Dowds

Question:

173. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there is criminal justice legislation which provides for a definition of what constitutes sports fraud, which can involve match fixing or other related behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15546/14]

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Robert Dowds

Question:

174. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there is criminal justice legislation currently in place to tackle sports fraud, which can involve match fixing or other related behaviour; and if not, his views on whether such legislation should be brought forward. [15547/14]

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Robert Dowds

Question:

175. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the powers gardaí currently have under the law to bring forward prosecutions of those involved in sports fraud, or match fixing of sporting events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15548/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 to 175, inclusive, together.

There are no criminal offences specific to match fixing and fraud within the area of sport, however, when investigating and prosecuting such behaviour the Garda Síochána and the Director of Public Prosecutions have available to them a range of fraud and corruption offences under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001, the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 2010 and the Common Law.

Responsibility for policy on sports and offences specific to the manipulation of sports competitions would lie with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Officials of that Department represent Ireland at negotiations on the development of a Council of Europe Convention Against the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The draft Convention includes a range of measures to both prevent and incriminate match-fixing and related behaviour.