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Increase In Requests For International Help On Crime Is "Unsurprising"

That's the view of a retired detective inspector based in Mullingar.

The number of times Ireland looked for help from other countries in solving crimes increased by a third last year.  

Under Mutual Legal Assistance legislation, Ireland can seek co-operation from other states in criminal investigations. 

Freedom of information documents show this law was used 643 times last year - compared to 486 in 2018.  

240 were sent to the US in 2019 - with 65 relating to child pornography. 

Retired detective inspector turned private detective based in Mullingar Pat Marry says he's not surprised:

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