Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (125, 126, 127, 128)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

125. 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 Cork and Shannon airports in each of the past three years and to date in 2019; the amount of cash forfeited to the Exchequer in each year; and the amount returned on appeal. [52966/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

126. 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 Port and Rosslare Port 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. [52967/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

127. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance the estimated monetary value of contraband seized from persons entering or leaving the State by the Revenue Commissioners enforcement unit at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports in each of the past three years and to date in 2019; the amount of cash forfeited to the Exchequer in each year; and the amount returned on appeal. [52968/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

128. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance the estimated monetary value of contraband seized from persons entering or leaving the State by the Revenue Commissioners enforcement unit at Dublin and Rosslare ports in each of the past three years and to date in 2019; the amount of cash forfeited to the Exchequer in each year; and the amount returned on appeal. [52969/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 125 to 128, inclusive, together.

Details of all suspect criminal cash which was detained at Dublin Port, Rosslare Port, Cork Airport and Shannon Airport on foot of Detention Orders granted by a Judge of the District Court are listed in tables 1 to 4 below. The 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 Forfeiture Orders secured arising from these detentions are also included in the tables[1].    

[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.      

Table 1 – Dublin Port Cash detentions 2016 to 2019 

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Dublin Port Cash Detentions

Resulting Forfeiture Orders / Returns

Year

District Court Detention Orders

Circuit Court Forfeiture Orders

Cash Returned

2019

[Jan. to Nov.].

€189,420

Nil

Nil

2018

€19,439

Nil

€19,439

2017

€42,066

€29,670

€12,396

2016

€67,459

€43,594

€21,365

Table 2 – Rosslare Port Cash detentions 2016 to 2019 

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Rosslare Port Cash Detentions

Resulting Forfeiture Orders / Returns

Year

District Court Detention Orders

Circuit Court Forfeiture Orders

Cash Returned

2019

[Jan. to Nov.].

€38,568

Nil

€5,800

2018

€57,238

Nil

€27,088

2017

€15,500

€15,500

Nil

2016

€9,385

Nil

€9,385

Table 3 – Cork airport Cash detentions 2016 to 2019 

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Cork airport Cash Detentions

Resulting Forfeiture Orders / Returns

Year

District Court Detention Orders

Circuit Court Forfeiture Orders

Cash Returned

2019

[Jan. to Nov.].

Nil

Nil

Nil

2018

€70,800

€10,800

Nil

2017

€26,815

€21,115

€5,700

2016

€9,700

Nil

€9,700

 

Table 4 – Shannon airport Cash detentions 2016 to 2019 

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Shannon airport Cash Detentions

Resulting Forfeiture Orders / Returns

Year

District Court Detention Orders

Circuit Court Forfeiture Orders

Cash Returned

2019

[Jan. to Nov.].

€27,050

Nil

Nil

2018

€12,742

Nil

Nil

2017

€3,617

€3,617

Nil

2016

€20,000

€3,000

€17,000

Details of contraband seizures for Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports are listed in Tables 5 to 7 below.  The figures include freight and passenger controls. The values of contraband include all types of seizures from excisable products, weapons, controlled drugs, meats, etc. The value detailed is the value of the products excluding excise duty and VAT.

Table 5 – Estimated Monetary value of Contraband seized at Dublin Airport and Cargo 2016 to 2019

Year                                                                                                                                                           

VALUE

2016

€3,457,525

2017

€3,946,862

2018

€8,037,584

01/01/2019 to 30/11/2019

€2,991,350

   

Table 6 – Estimated Monetary value of Contraband seized at Cork Airport 2016 to 2019

Year                                                                                                                                                              

VALUE

2016

€94,115   

2017

€31,760   

2018

€52,695   

01/01/2019 to 30/11/2019

€39,382   

 

Table 7 – Estimated Monetary value of Contraband seized at Shannon Airport 2016 to 2019

Year                                                                                                                                                              

VALUE

2016

€518,937   

2017

€438,104   

2018

€539,106   

01/01/2019 to 30/11/2019

€563,538   

  Details of contraband seizures for Dublin Port are outlined in Table 8.  The figures include freight and passenger controls.

Table 8 – Estimated Monetary value of Contraband seized at Dublin Port 2016 to 2019

Year

VALUE

2016

€13,791,790

2017

€46,619,643

2018

€18,246,348

01/01/2019 to 30/11/2019

€8,974,533

Details of contraband seizures for Rosslare Port are outlined in Table 9.  The figures include freight and passenger controls.  

Table 9 – Estimated Monetary value of Contraband seized at Rosslare Port 2016 to 2019

Year

VALUE

2016

€6,361,986

2017

€145,941

2018

€9,017,513

01/01/2019 to 30/11/2019

€2,885,646