A senior garda is to be appointed as a liaison officer to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where the leadership of the Kinahan organised crime group is based.

The Government today announced the expansion of the garda's overseas network to southeast Asia and the Middle East and the appointment of an additional liaison officer to the US.

Garda Liaison Officers based abroad work with international law enforcement agencies investigating the activities of Irish or other criminals whom gardaí have an interest in prosecuting.

Sergeants, inspectors and superintendents are currently based in the Irish embassies as part of diplomatic missions in Madrid, Paris, London, The Hague, Washington DC and Bogota in Colombia.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the increase was necessitated by the transnational nature of organised crime and that gardaí would work with international law enforcement agencies abroad to tackle terrorism and organised crime.

She also said that the new positions will improve relationships with police services abroad, enhance the security of the State and prove crucial in "pursuing criminals who spread misery in Ireland, as well as abroad".

Authorities in the UAE have already frozen the Kinahans' assets including personal and corporate bank accounts.

US authorities have already imposed worldwide sanctions on the leadership of the Kinahan organised crime group and banned 600 people with suspected links to the gang from entering the US, as well as offering a $5m reward each for information leading to the conviction of Christy Kinahan, Daniel and Christopher Junior.

Two gardaí are also to be deployed to France on a temporary basis to patrol tourist areas in uniform during July and August.

The move follows a request from French authorities and is similar to arrangements for temporary deployments of German, Spanish and Dutch police there.

The gardaí will patrol in uniform with French police officers and assist in the investigation of complaints by, or offences involving Irish people there.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris had requested the network of Garda Liaison Officers abroad be expanded.

He welcomed the announcement saying that as more and more crimes transcend borders, international co-operation between law enforcement agencies has never been so important.

Mr Harris also said that the network of liaison officers plays a critical role in tackling crime in Ireland and abroad, as was seen in the transnational action against the Kinahan gang.