I propose to take Questions Nos. 280 to 284, inclusive, 301, 313 and 315 together.
While both human trafficking and migrant smuggling are criminal activities frequently involving criminal networks seeking to make a profit, there are important distinctions and it is important to differentiate between them.
I can assure the Deputies 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 and we are active domestically and at the international level on these matters.
A range of Departments are relevant to these matters.
An Garda Síochána also plays a key role in relation to the prevention and detection of human trafficking and migrant smuggling. As such, I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on the matters raised and once I receive it, I will write directly to the Deputies with that and additional information.