CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - FATAL ACCIDENTS IN SAORSTAT.

SEAN O LAIDHIN

asked the Minister for Justice if he can state (a) the number of fatal accidents caused by motor cars and horse-drawn vehicles in the Saorstát for the years 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1926; and (b) the number of persons, male and female, injured by such vehicles during those years.

The numbers of accidents, fatal and non-fatal, caused by motor cars and horse-drawn vehicles in the Saorstát during the years 1922-1926 are as follows:—

FATAL ACCIDENTS

INJURED PERSONS

Year

Motor Cars

Horse Drawn Vehicles

Motor Cars

Horse Drawn Vehicles

Males

Females

Males

Females

1922

44

7

327

81

127

48

1923

61

14

404

87

167

43

1924

57

7

464

66

156

39

1925

80

16

551

114

254

54

1926

112

18

653

134

286

75

Is it the intention to introduce any legislation whereby such a large number of fatal accidents cannot occur through motor cars?

A short Bill directed against fatal accidents!

I want to have some qualifications for drivers so that so many accidents will not occur.

Do these figures include injuries to the occupants of the motor cars?

Injuries to any persons.

Could the Minister give any figures as to the amount of compensation or insurance paid to injured persons or their dependants?

Has the Minister any idea regarding compulsory third-party insurance?