24 September, 2014


Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has been briefed by Acting Garda Commissioner, Noirin O'Sullivan, on a major intelligence led operation against drug trafficking which has been taking place, culminating in the seizure of a yacht which is being escorted into port.

The Minister said that operations of this nature are critical in our efforts to disrupt international drug trafficking and to keep illegal drugs out of Ireland and the European Union.'

The Minister praised the work of all the members of the Joint Drugs Task Force involved - An Garda Síochána, Revenue Customs Service and the Naval Service as well as their international partners.

The Minister spoke of the high level of cooperation that exists between the law enforcement agencies in this jurisdiction. This latest operation reflects the investments made by the members of the Joint Drugs Task Force in building strong and strategic partnerships at national and international level, including those formed as part of Ireland's participation in the Maritime Operations Analysis Centre (Narcotics) in Lisbon.