Thursday, 25 October 2018

Questions (68)

Jack Chambers

Question:

68. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of suspect devices that the Army disposal unit has dealt with to date in 2018, by county in tabular form. [44409/18]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for the internal security of the State. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power which, in practice, means to assist An Garda Síochána when requested to do so.

The Defence Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams respond when a request for assistance is made by An Garda Síochána in dealing with a suspect device. The number of EOD callouts, which include viable devices, hoaxes, false alarms, post-blast analysis and the removal of unstable chemicals in laboratories dealt with from 1 January 2018 to 22 October 2018, by county, are set out in the tabular statement below:

County

No.

Louth

8

Monaghan

1

Clare

1

Cork

6

Dublin

17

Galway

1

Kerry

2

Kildare

5

Mayo

1

Sligo

1

Tipperary

3

Waterford

2

Wexford

2

Wicklow

2

TOTAL

52