139. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been a recent audit of Garda property seized in the course of arrests or investigation; his views on the security of such seizures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20275/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the manner in which property is seized by Members of An Garda Síochána during the course of their official duties is an operational issue for the Commissioner, and his management team, and I have no role in such matters.

This notwithstanding I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on this issue and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.