Significant progress is being made by An Garda Síochána in targeting organised crime and associated violence. I understand from the Commissioner that since its establishment in March 2015 the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has been responsible for:
- seizure of controlled substances with an estimated street value of approximately €167 million;
- seizure of cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime, to a value of €10 million; and
- seizure of 108 firearms and over 3,000 rounds of ammunition.
I further understand that in 2019 alone, the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has been responsible for seizure of controlled substances to the value of €20 million; cash believed to the be the proceeds of crime to the value of €2.4 million; and 17 firearms.
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the years 2015-2019 from the Garda authorities and I will write directly to the Deputy directly once I receive it.