Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (144)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

144. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance the amount of cash seized from persons entering or leaving the State by the Revenue Commissioners' enforcement unit at Dublin Airport in each of the past three years to date in 2019; the amount of cash forfeited to the Exchequer in each year; and the amount returned on appeal [51691/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that the amount of suspect criminal cash detained at Dublin Airport on foot of Detention Orders granted by a Judge of the District Court are as listed in the following table. Detained cash is either returned to the claimant or forfeited to the State on foot of a Forfeiture Order secured at a Circuit Court hearing. Details of the cash returned, and the value of Forfeiture Orders secured arising from these detentions at Dublin Airport are also included in the table [1].

Table – Dublin Airport Cash Detentions 2016 to 2019

Dublin Airport Cash Detentions

Forfeiture Orders / Returns

Year

Value of District Court Detention Orders

Value of Circuit Court Forfeiture Orders

Value of Cash Returned

2019[to 30 November]

€458,102

Nil

€10,000

2018

€798,377

€19,730

€167,260

2017

€804,333

€360,824

€242,594

2016

€754,500

€604,711

€147,789

[1] Section 38 Criminal Justice Act 1994 as amended by the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act 2005 contains provisions that the total period of detention shall not exceed two years from the date the original Detention Order was authorised by a judge of the District Court. Hence the investigation of cash detained in 2018 and 2019 is ongoing in many of these cases.