Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (302)

Jim O'Callaghan


302. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has met the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss migrant smuggling and the preventative measures needed to detect same. [44469/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The incident referred to by the Deputy is a tragedy for all concerned and I have previously expressed my deepest sympathies and condolences to them in this House.

I can assure the Deputy that the Government is fully committed to addressing the challenges of human trafficking and migrant smuggling under Irish and EU legislation and the principal international conventions. We are active domestically and at the international level on these matters.

A range of Departments are relevant to these matters and An Garda Síochána also plays a key role in relation to the prevention and detection of human trafficking and migrant smuggling. As such, I discuss these matters with my Ministerial colleagues, including the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, as required.

Question No. 303 answered with Question No. 279.