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Saturday 17 February 2018

Garda annual report: 9,000 reported missing, and €698m worth of drugs seized

Noirin O'Sullivan
Noirin O'Sullivan

Cormac Fitzgerald

There were more than 9,000 missing person cases investigated last year by gardaí, according to the force's latest annual report.

Figures released also show a rise in the amount of road deaths, with 195 people dying last year, up from 190 in 2013. There were also 226,731 fixed charge notices for speeding.

In a foreword to the report, Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said that 2014 was a challenging year for An Garda Síochána but that they used these challenges to transform the services.

“The challenges we faced gave us an opportunity to evaluate numerous aspects of how we carry out our work and we began putting in place an extensive transformation programme,” she said.

Gardaí also targeted 621 organised crime gangs last year and seized €698m worth of illegal drugs, with 60 people arrested due to drug trafficking offences, with 43 significant seizures made.

There were also over 4,000 people arrested under Operation Fiacla, the garda operation to combat burglary, with almost 2,400 of them charged.

The report also shows a number of successes for the Garda Dog Unit, with Garda dog “Ben” leading to €5,000 of cocaine being seized, and Garda dog “Dfor” helping to uncover the bodies of two missing men in Meath.

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