The Deputy will be aware that, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.
An Garda Síochána are responsive to the changing nature of crime, responding to evolving threats, increasing their capabilities and knowledge and working with partner agencies/police services to ensure organised crime and criminals do not impact on our society and people.
I have been briefed by the Commissioner on Project ROXANNE which is an EU-funded project targeting criminal networks. The project is a collaboration between law enforcement, industry and academia to develop new tools to support investigations. I understand the project is funded through the EU's Horizon 2020 initiative and is made up of 24 members from the private and public sectors. As with all EU projects, participants and partners must adhere to the highest ethical and research integrity principles. As the Deputy will appreciate, the objective is to strengthen/enhance capacity to combat international and transnational serious and organised crime, in addition to combating threats against the security of the State.