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125. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the report in relation to unlicensed security personnel will be published. [8665/19]

126. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether the PSA should be provided additional sanctioning and investigative powers to deal with the aggressive behaviour or potential aggressive behaviour of security personnel involved in the repossession of homes, farms and other property; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8666/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 125 and 126 together.
The Working Group on the proposed regulation and licensing of security personnel, assisting personnel in enforcing court orders, by the Private Security Authority (PSA) submitted its report to me last month. The Group examined the administrative, legislative, resource, security and other measures necessary to bring the regulation and licensing of security personnel assisting those enforcing court orders within the remit of the Private Security Authority.
I am consulting with the Attorney General in relation to the report and I intend to make an announcement in relation to this matter as soon as possible.
Any behaviour of a criminal nature or alleged criminal nature of security personnel involved in the repossession of homes, farms and other property is a matter for An Garda Síochána and any concerns in relation to safety should be raised with An Garda Síochána.