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134. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department, or organisations under his remit, have conducted a national security assessment of technology provided by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11036/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The security of the State and the people is a matter of the highest priority for the Government.
I can assure the Deputy that, in the context of national security matters, the level of threat is kept under constant and active review by An Garda Síochána. My Department liaises on an on-going basis with An Garda Síochána in this regard.
Considerable resources are deployed by the Garda Authorities, supported by the skills and expertise of the Defence Forces, in combatting threats to our security.
The authorities here work very closely on an on-going basis with their international counterparts in identifying and managing any threats arising.
It would not be in the public interest to detail the measures that are taken by our authorities in this area.
An Garda Síochána, along with the Defence Forces, also works closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, under the remit of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, in working to protect the State against cyber security threats.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is also leading on the development of a new Cyber Security Strategy, with a number of Departments and agencies contributing to this work, including the Department of Justice and Equality.
Policy in respect of telecommunications is a matter for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, who keeps the security of the telecommunications sector under on-going review.