152. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she acknowledges that the incident of an incursion by at least one armed member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland into County Donegal during March 2013 was part of a surveillance operation; further to Parliamentary Question No. 224 of 28 April 2015, the reason it was decided it was inadvertent as indicated in her reply; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20222/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question refers to an occasion on which a PSNI vehicle inadvertently entered the State and then left the State again shortly afterwards. The Garda authorities were informed of this incident by the PSNI who set out the circumstances in which it occurred.
As I stated to the Deputy previously, such incidents are not desirable, however, they may occur on occasion given the open nature of the border with Northern Ireland. If such incidents occur the relevant authorities here are informed. It was not considered that any further action was required in this case.