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871. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if she has established a working group in respect of the use of cryptocurrencies by organised crime entities and or gangs to conceal wealth gained from criminality; and if she has had any engagements with An Garda Síochána in respect of same. [41551/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I can inform the Deputy that the regulation of virtual assets and cryptocurrencies are matters appropriate to my colleague the Minister for Finance.
I am informed by An Garda Síochána that personnel attached to the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau have received specialist training in the analysis and tracing of cryptocurrencies transactions. The Bureau continues to enhance capabilities in the area of blockchain analysis to assist cybercrime investigations. An Garda Síochána also liaise closely with their law enforcement partners, including Europol and Interpol, in respect of cryptocurrency-related investigations.