24 August 2017 

Following recent recruitment and promotion competitions, there has been a significant increase in the number of Gardaí assigned to Special Crime Operations units, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. has said. The changes were formally announced by An Garda Síochána today. 

Minister Flanagan stated: 

"These changes provide a significant boost to An Garda Síochána's efforts to tackle various forms of serious crime. The Government’s decision to increase Garda numbers and the resulting recruitment and promotion competitions have provided opportunities for the Garda Commissioner to make these important changes. 

"The notable increase in the Garda National Protective Services Bureau is particularly welcome to bolster ongoing efforts to ensure a consistent approach to domestic abuse and sexual crime which will ensure that An Garda Síochána has the resources necessary to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice as well as supporting the victims of these appalling offences. 

"The increase in the number of members of An Garda Síochána allocated to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau reflects my own commitment, as well as the wider Government commitment, to combat corruption, fraud and other "white-collar" crimes. We will maintain a strong focus on this policy area as a Government.” 

The Minister further indicated that the importance of these specialised units can be clearly demonstrated; for example, the fact that in excess of €100 million of controlled substances have been seized since the inception of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau in 2015.