544. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 159 of 9 October 2018, for which no reply was received, the measures being taken to address dealing and distribution of crack cocaine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13652/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can advise the Deputy that I have requested a report from the Garda Authorities in relation to this matter and I will further advise in regard to his question when the report is to hand.
The continued disruption of the supply of all illicit drugs, including crack cocaine, remains a priority for An Garda Síochána and the other state agencies tasked with responsibilities in this regard. An Garda Síochána remains resolute in its determination to act against those within society who pose a significant threat to the welfare and well-being of our citizens and the communities they serve. A core focus of the work carried out by An Garda Síochána is aimed at tackling drug distribution and organised crime.