172. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of test purchases carried out by gardaí in the R and J districts under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 in 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; the frequency with which these test purchases are carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40882/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have sought a report from the Garda authorities on this matter and I will contact the Deputy directly when the information is to hand.