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Revenue Commissioners

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (209)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

209. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance if funding will be made available in 2022 to purchase extra dogs for the dog unit of the Revenue Commissioners. [61287/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that it currently operates 24 Detector Dog Teams with arrangements in place to increase this to 28 Detector Dog Teams for early 2022. This is an increase of 14 dog teams over the last five years.

Revenue have advised that the aforementioned numbers will meet the anticipated operational needs in the immediate term. I am also advised by Revenue that the deployment of dog detector teams is a matter that is kept under regular review having regard to ongoing risk assessment and evolving operational needs and the broader deployment and use of detection equipment and technologies by Revenue.

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