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115. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to seek a detailed report from the Garda Commissioner regarding the Garda Síochána Operation Butler; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8865/16]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Garda authorities that Operation Butler is an ongoing, intelligence-led Garda investigation concerning the importation and sale of stolen vehicles from the UK, primarily vans and commercial vehicles. The operation has involved coordinated searches in the Districts of Granard, Longford, Cavan and Tallaght. To date, 20 stolen vans/commercial vehicles and 1 stolen motor home have been recovered by the Garda Síochána. I am informed that while no arrests have been made to date as the investigation is ongoing with numerous lines of enquiry currently being conducted it would not be appropriate to further comment in relation to an ongoing investigation.