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Written Answers. - Crime Prevention Measures.

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 7

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 150. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for Justice Information on Nora Owen Zoom on Nora Owen  the cost of the recent Garda operation to close off the Shannon as a measure against crimes on the elderly in the west of Ireland; whether it is intended that the measures adopted might be occasionally put in place to deter mobile gangs and criminals in view of the effectiveness of the Shannon operation. [12375/96]

Minister for Justice (Mrs. Owen): Information on Nora Owen Zoom on Nora Owen Operations such as Operation Shannon are undertaken and reviewed by the Garda authorities on an ongoing basis to address both long-term and short-term operational needs in the fight against crime. The Garda authorities report that the results have been positive and encouraging in both low-key and high profile operations carried out to date.

Attempting to assess the direct cost of each such operation would be a very time-consuming exercise because of the fact that there are regular changes in personnel involved and so on. In the circumstances, I do not propose to ask the Garda authorities to divert resources to any specific costing exercise.

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