The State organisations likely to have access to the fund are the Garda Security and Intelligence Unit and its Special Detective Unit.
It is believed that gardaí are particularly anxious to recruit informants who are well-placed within organised crime, especially with a view to disrupting the activities of major drug gangs.
On the Defence Forces side, the fund could be dipped into by the Army’s G2 unit. More commonly known as the Defence Forces Directorate of Intelligence, backed in the field by the elite Army Ranger Wing, G2 deals with counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence. G2 is made up of intelligence-gathering operatives from the army, naval service, and air corps.