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[Oireachtas] 237. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the Garda is receiving adequate co-operation from all other European and non-European police forces in the fight against drugs. [5277/05]. (16 Feb 2005)

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Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): I am informed by the Garda authorities that international co-operation between law enforcement agencies is achieved in a number of ways including: the exchange of strategic intelligence on the activities and modus operandi of criminal networks involved in the international trafficking of controlled drugs; the exchange of operational intelligence on the activities of criminal organisations involved in drug distribution; the conducting of investigations within the State at the request of foreign law enforcement agencies in accordance with legislation governing mutual assistance in criminal matters; and requesting the assistance of foreign jurisdictions in conducting investigations on behalf of the Irish State in accordance with international agreements governing mutual assistance in criminal matters. In order to facilitate co-operation between law enforcement agencies, the Garda Síochána has assigned liaison officers in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Europol and Interpol. In addition, the Garda Síochána has conducted a number of EU funded programmes designed to enhance co-operation between law enforcement agencies throughout the European Union. In June 2004, the President signed into law the Criminal Justice (Joint Investigation Teams) Act 2004, which provides for the competent authorities of two or more member states to set up, by mutual agreement, teams to carry out criminal investigations with a cross-border dimension. This Act, which commenced on 1 October 2004, further strengthens co-operation between the Garda Síochána and police forces from other jurisdictions. I am informed by the Garda authorities that to date the co-operation they receive from other European and non-European police forces in the fight against drugs is both positive and beneficial.

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