Veronica's legacy to benefit all EU
Our success in confiscating the assets of criminals has been a guiding light for other states, writes Jim Cusack
BY next year, all EU states will have to put in place criminal assets seizure legislation and offices based almost entirely on the example of the Garda's Criminal Assets Bureau – the legacy of Veronica Guerin's life and death.
The implementation of the Europe-wide criminal assets network will be the culmination of the years of work driven by An Garda Siochana and the Department of Justice to extend our Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) across the EU and beyond.
In the years after the murder of the Sunday Independent journalist, gardai realised that Irish criminals were simply moving their assets abroad to countries that did not have our assets seizure laws.