169. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on An Garda Síochána's Operation Tugboat; the number of persons arrested and charged to date; the number of successful convictions obtained to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17139/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources and the conduct of operations.
I have asked the Commissioner for a report on Operation Tugboat and will revert to the Deputy directly when the information is to hand.