479. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are additional Criminal Assets Bureau officers being deployed in County Meath in view of the almost doubling of active CAB targets in the county in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1552/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is a multi-agency statutory body established under the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996. Its primary objective is to identify the proceeds of criminal activities and deprive people of the benefits of such criminal proceeds. The CAB operates nationally and is supported in its work by a network of approximately 380 trained asset profilers. These asset profilers work hand-in-hand with local Garda management and communities and I am pleased to say this has proved extremely effective.
I am informed by CAB that four additional Gardaí attached to the Meath Garda Division were trained as Divisional Asset Profilers during 2018. This brings to eight the number of Divisional Asset Profilers attached to the Meath Division, representing a 100% increase.
I can assure the Deputy that the Government is committed to ensuring that CAB is adequately resourced to deliver on its statutory functions.