Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has today claimed that voting 'Yes' to Lisbon will help tackle cross-border crime.
Ahern said ratifying the Treaty on October 2 will give Ireland the tools it needs to ensure these criminals do not slip through the net.
He said organised crime is international by nature and requires a concerted and united international response if it is to be effectively tackled and defeated.
Minister Ahern said greater co-operation between EU countries is needed to deal with criminals.
He insists that Ireland is suffering from an international crime pandemic that we cannot fight alone.