261. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of companies which are dealt with under section 110 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 which were under investigation for money laundering or breaching sanctions in each of the years 2015 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7033/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I regret that I do not have readily available the information the Deputy is seeking. However I have sought a report from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy again when this report is to hand.
Notwithstanding the above, the Deputy will be aware that the Minister has no role in relation to how investigations are conducted. It is the role of the Garda Commissioner and his management team to investigate instances of alleged criminality and prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The DPP, who is independent in her function, will then decide whether or not a case will be prosecuted.