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344. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the number of known drug dealers currently on bail in respect of one or more offences; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30431/21]

345. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the number of occasions in which bail has been refused to members of known criminal gangs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30432/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 344 and 345 together.
The Deputy will be aware that the decision to grant bail in a particular case is a matter for the presiding Judge, who is independent in the exercise of his or her judicial functions. There is also a constitutional presumption in favour of the grant of bail as, under Irish Law, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
As outlined in my response to the Deputy in Parliamentary Question 665 of 10 February 2021, the specific information is not maintained in such a way as to provide the response sought by the Deputy.   Question No. 345 answered with Question No. 344.