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UPDATE - Commissioner Harris and Minister McEntee welcome Ireland’s connection to Schengen Information System (SIS II)

Issue Date: 19/03/2021

Ireland connected to the Schengen Information System (SIS II) on Monday 15th March 2021.

On Monday 15th March 2021, following a Person Check on the Garda PULSE system and SIS II, Gardaí in Cavan arrested a Polish male in his 30's for which a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was in existence from the Polish authorities.  This male appeared before the High Court on the 16th March 2021.

On the 18th March 2021, Gardaí in Bandon conducting a Roads Policing checkpoint at 01:40hrs arrested a Slovakian male in his 30’s driving under the influence of drugs.  The male was a disqualified driver and had no insurance.  Whilst detained at Bandon Garda station a Person Check on the Garda PULSE system and SIS II, identified the existence of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) from the Slovakian authorities.  The male appeared before the High Court on the 18th March 2021.

As stated by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on Monday 15th March 2021
"The benefits that SIS II will bring to policing in Ireland cannot be understated. Having access to the SIS II databases which contain law enforcement data from across 30 EU and associated Schengen countries, gives An Garda Síochána and our law enforcement colleagues across Europe instant access to real time police data and intelligence. Accessing such information means that An Garda Síochána can swiftly deal with issues of serious crime with potential links to other European countries.”