Over €1.6 million worth of illegal drugs has been seized in Kerry in a five year period between 2009 and 2014. That’s according to Fine Gael deputy Brendan Griffin who got the details from the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald. Over half a million euro of the total amount was seized in 2013 alone. Minister Fitzgerald says there is no reliable scientific method available to establish what amount of ‘unseized’ drugs are in a jurisdiction. However she says it can only be presumed that despite the hard work of An Garda Siochána there were a lot of drugs unseized, highlighting again the drugs problem that exists. The Minister says that during the economic crisis, Templemore closed its doors and as a result there were fewer Gardaí on the streets. She says this Government reopened Templemore and 550 Gardaí are in training or about to enter. There has been capital allocation for 12 new Garda cars in Kerry as part of a €10 million investment in the Garda fleet for 2015 and €42 million has been earmarked for three new Garda Divisional Headquarters. In terms of an overall policing response in tackling drug supply, the Garda authorities continue to prioritise tackling all forms of organised crime, including drug trafficking, as a core focus of their work.