18. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the full extent of the scale and value of assets seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau in the past five years; if all such properties have been disposed and the proceeds retained by the State; the status of any such properties not yet disposed of in this context; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40419/16]
Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: I thank the Deputy for this question on the Criminal Assets Bureau, CAB. The work of the bureau is well regarded nationally and internationally and we are committed to supporting its work through the provision of the necessary resources and we will continue to explore the further development of the bureau in line with the programme for Government.
The latest report we have is for 2015 and that is available. For the Deputy's information, I have included details in the answer provided to him outlining the moneys returned to the Exchequer by the bureau during the period requested as well as the monetary values in respect of the orders. The amounts are striking. From 2011 to 2015, over €10 million was returned under the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996, almost €16.5 million was returned through Revenue legislation and €1.5 million was returned through social welfare provisions. I have also supplied details of the monetary values obtained under the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996 which are very significant too.