386. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice if it is possible to reclaim a relative’s War of Independence firearm if it was surrendered to An Garda Síochána in the 1970s. [32572/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): I have been informed by An Garda Síochána that many historical items, including firearms, have been donated or surrendered to them over the years.
I have been further advised by the Garda authorities that, unfortunately, without more detailed information they are unable to track the relevant item and ascertain if it is possible to return it.
Therefore, I would advise the Deputy that the individual who wishes to reclaim the firearm should contact An Garda Síochána directly who will be in a better position to assist in this regard.