The Irish Desk is headed by Frank Cassidy, who is the National Member for Ireland since September 2014.

In 2021, the Irish Desk was involved in 182 new cases, 10 coordination meetings, 1 coordination centre, and 5 joint investigation teams.

National Member

Frank Cassidy
Frank Cassidy

National Member

Frank Cassidy was appointed National Member for Ireland in September 2014. He is the Chair of the Economic Crime Team of the College and Member of the Cybercrime Team and the Advisory Group on Organisational Development at Eurojust. Mr Cassidy qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked in a variety of sections dealing with a wide range of criminal prosecutions and civil matters, including judicial review, injunctions and extradition. He served as Head of the District Court Section from 1994 to 1997. Mr Cassidy was appointed the first solicitor of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), as Head of Unit with responsibility for providing all necessary solicitor/legal services to this pioneering agency. From 2002 to 2006, he returned to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, serving as Head of the Superior Court Section, as well as Acting Chief Prosecution Solicitor. In undertaking these roles, his responsibility included devising the overall policy in Ireland for outgoing European Arrest Warrants and the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders. In 2006, Mr Cassidy rejoined the CAB on a six-year secondment as Bureau Legal Officer, with overall responsibility for legal policy and operations. In that capacity, he sought to encourage the mutual recognition of non-conviction-based orders within the European Union, delivering several international presentations supporting this initiative. In 2012, he rejoined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as Head of Criminal Appeals.

‘Since cross-border crime is an increasing phenomenon within the European Union, investigating authorities in Ireland are utilising the facilities of Eurojust more and more, often with good results. We at the Irish Desk are very happy to provide any assistance that we can to support ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions.’

- Frank Cassidy, National Member for Ireland at Eurojust

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  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
New cases (total)
- of which initiating
- of which participating
Coordination meetings (initiating and/or participating) 12 11 16 22 10
Coordination centres (organising and/or participating) - - - 1 1
Joint investigation teams (newly signed and/or ongoing) - - 2 2 5

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