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Updated: 10/12/16 : 04:12:07

McLoughlin wants drugs dog at airport in Knock

TONY McLOUGHLIN wants a dog on duty to sniff for drugs at Knock Airport.

But there are only nine such dogs working in the entire country, the Sligo TD was told in the Dail this week.

Two issues -- intelligence and risk -- can decide when dogs are deployed, explained the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.

He was responding to several Dail queries on the fight against drugs in this region.

Deputy McLoughlin had queried the Minister for Finance on when a drug detection dog will be assigned to Ireland West International Airport, Knock.

Revenue and Excise, said the Minister, the issue ''kept under ongoing review.''

Greatest Risk

The cost of training a dog in drugs work is estimated at 25,000, he told Deputy McLoughlin.

The time to train a team in detection is eight weeks, Minister Noonan explained.

''I am satisfied,'' he said, ''that Revenue are allocating their resources to areas of greatest risk, including the detection of drugs. 

''I would urge the Deputy to provide to Revenue any specific information or intelligence he has which would assist in combatting the threat posed by drugs smugglers,'' Minister Noonan added.