Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Ceisteanna (105)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

105. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of suspect devices the Army bomb disposal unit has dealt with by county to date in 2019, in tabular form. [30379/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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 to date, by county, are set out in the following table.

COUNTY

Number of Callout to Suspect Devices

CAVAN

1

CLARE

3

CORK

5

DUBLIN

14

GALWAY

2

KERRY

1

KILDARE

2

KILKENNY

1

LAOIS

2

LIMERICK

2

LOUTH

5

MAYO

3

MEATH

1

OFFALY

1

ROSCOMMON

1

WATERFORD

1

WESTMEATH

2

WICKLOW

4

TOTAL

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