Interpretation (Chapter 4).
88.— (1) In this Chapter—
“competent authority in a designated state”, in relation to a request for a controlled delivery to or from a designated state, means a person or body in that state appearing to the Competent Authority in the State to have the function of receiving or making the request;
“Competent Authority in the State”, in relation to a request for a controlled delivery to or from a designated state, means—
(a) the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána or a member of the Garda Síochána authorised by him or her for the time being to exercise his or her functions under this Chapter, or
(b) if the controlled delivery is concerned with a revenue offence, the Revenue Commissioners or a person authorised by them for the time being to exercise their functions under this Chapter;
“controlled delivery” means a delivery permitted in the State in accordance with this Chapter or in a designated state in accordance with the relevant international instrument for the purposes of an investigation into an offence;
“offence” includes an offence which is suspected, with reasonable cause, to have been or to be about to be committed.
(2) Where the competent authority of a designated state requires requests under this Chapter to be received or made by a judicial authority, the requests shall be addressed to or made by the Minister, and for that purpose references in this Chapter to the Competent Authority in the State are to be construed as references to the Minister.