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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 261, 262, 263 - Revenue commissioners resources [14029/14, 14041/14, 14042/14]. (25 Mar 2014)

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261. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Finance the additional equipment or resources the customs and excise division of the Revenue Commissioners have received in 2013 via the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14029/14] 

The scanner van is a specialist vehicle that incorporates x-ray and radiation detection facilities. It is used for monitoring baggage and cargo at ports and airports for drugs, tobacco products, radioactive materials and other contraband. It also allows Revenue enforcement officers to perform controls at other locations such as warehouses and courier depots.

Customs and excise controls[14041/14]
262. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Finance the number of customs and excise cutter patrol boats that are assigned to patrol the coastline of the west of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14041/14] 

The Maritime Unit has a national remit as specialists in coastal risk.  The Unit works very closely with locally based staff in all coastal areas, helping with the development of onshore intelligence as well as patrolling and conducting targeted operations using the cutters.  Details of cutter deployment are not divulged for operational reasons, but there is an annual plan agreed with the management of each Revenue Region to ensure that the cutters and Maritime Unit staff are deployed as required in all parts of the coastal area.  In 2014, the management of the Border Midlands West Region have agreed an extensive programme of work with the Maritime Unit, including surveying and assessing risk in the Region.  This will require the presence of the Maritime Unit and of the cutters along the West coast for extended periods this year.
The Maritime Unit is involved on an ongoing basis in the patrol and monitoring of the State's maritime jurisdiction and adjacent waters.  These patrol and monitoring activities are aimed at the prevention, detection, interception and seizure of prohibited and restricted goods (including drugs) smuggled or illegally imported into, or intended to be exported out of, the State/EU. They are also involved in servicing national and international Memoranda of Understanding and Mutual Assistance requests from other jurisdictions. 
The Revenue cutters are part of a multi-faceted strategy employed by Revenue in combating drugs trafficking and other smuggling by sea. This strategy includes ongoing analysis of the nature and extent of the problem, developing and sharing intelligence on a national, EU and international basis and ongoing review of operational policies.
Revenue Commissioners Resources [14042/14]
263. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Finance the number of drug sniffer dogs that are allocated by the Revenue Commissioners to patrol the Border, midlands and west region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [14042/14]
Item Type:Dail Debates
Date:25 March 2014
Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Supply reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Law enforcement agency

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