92. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in establishing a Garda insurance fraud unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38197/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I understand that the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) have engaged with Insurance Ireland in relation to this matter and submitted a mechanism for establishing an insurance fraud unit to Insurance Ireland in the first half of 2017.
Following receipt of the reply from Insurance Ireland in July 2018, I met with the GNECB and the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations, on 30 August to discuss this recommendation further. I understand that, at this stage, the Garda Commissioner has yet to form a view on the recommendation, and no proposal or recommendation has yet been submitted to me as Minister.