Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (653)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

653. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the number of criminal gang leaders and members brought before the courts in the past 12; the number of convictions; the number of cases in respect of which there were no convictions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7143/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, prosecutions are a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who is independent in the performance of her functions.

In order to be of assistance, my officials contacted the Courts Service and An Garda Síochána with regard to the remainder of the Deputy's query.

The Courts Service have advised that their statistics are not compiled in such a way as to provide information with regard to the number of members of criminal gangs brought before the Courts in the last twelve months. An Garda Síochána has further advised that the placing of an individual within any specific grouping would be a security matter grounded in intelligence, which the Deputy will appreciate that An Garda Síochána do not comment on.