Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (57)

John Curran


57. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Finance the additional detection and support facilities made available to the Revenue Commissioners in view of the increased detection of illegal drugs being sent through the postal services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48355/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that a number of additional staff and increased use of the Revenue drug detector dog teams including a new drug detector dog, have been deployed in the mail centres. These measures together with detection technology, such as scanners, currently used in the mailing centres have led to the increased rate of detection.

Revenue constantly reviews its detection technology and implements a normal replacement and upgrade strategy of its detection technology requirements taking account of new developments in those technologies. In addition, Revenue is continually monitoring where resources are allocated and will respond to changes in the risk profile in the mail centres and deploy resources as required.