320. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice if the police authorities here and throughout Europe remain in contact and consultation with each other with a view to restricting the activity of criminal gangs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37104/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, under Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of Garda business. This includes the direction of investigative priorities for An Garda Síochána and all operational policing decisions.
Under Section 28(2) of the Act, the Commissioner determines the nature of co-operation, or information shared, with any other law enforcement agency. As Minister, I play no role in these independent decisions.
As advised to the Deputy previously in response to Question 338 of 03 June 2021, An Garda Síochána regularly liaises and cooperates with their international policing and security partners, such as EUROPOL and INTERPOL, in their mutual objective of combatting transnational organised crime. Question No. 321 answered with Question No. 315.