To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the initiatives taken or proposed by him to tackle rural crime.
As the Deputy will be aware, this Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime.
As part of the Garda approach special targeted patrols are carried out with the assistance of Garda National Support Services against criminals who are committing crime inter-regionally. This includes a focus on the use of motorways by criminal gangs so as to disrupt and arrest those involved.
To ask the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No. 211 of 24 October 2018, the number of licences that comprised the €120 million of temporary exports of military hardware for maintenance to another EU member state in January to June 2017.
Under the Control of Exports Act 2008, licences are required for the movement out of Ireland of military equipment listed in the Common Military List of the EU. My Department is responsible for implementing these controls and for processing applications for licences.