Written Answers. - Back-Street Abortions.

Liz O'Donnell

Question:

184 Ms O'Donnell asked the Minister for Justice if the Garda have reported to her Department any incidence of alleged back-street abortions in the State; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2191/94]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the last instance of criminal abortion reported was in 1971. Information in relation to the procurement of or assistance in abortion is contained in the Garda Commissioners Annual Report on Crime, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

Liz O'Donnell

Question:

185 Ms O'Donnell asked the Minister for Justice the number, by county, of petitions for remissions of fines and penalties under Section 23 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1951, received by her Department; the number which were successful in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2192/94]

Statistics relating to petitions are maintained by reference to petitions finalised rather than to petitions received. Details of petitions finalised in each of the years 1989 to 1993, inclusive, are given in the following tables. Also appended is an explanation of what the decisions mean.

Table A — Details of Petitions finalised in 1989

County of residence of petitioner

Full remission

Substitution of fine for prison sentence

Partial mitigation of fine

Extension of time to pay

Refusal

Total number of petitions finalised

Carlow

2

15

9

34

60

Cavan

14

13

52

79

Clare

4

17

15

59

95

Cork

18

1

100

67

241

427

Donegal

4

45

25

57

131

Dublin

81

2

541

312

958

1,894

Galway

5

46

27

98

176

Kerry

2

37

33

91

163

Kildare

6

39

23

83

151

Kilkenny

3

17

12

30

62

Laois

1

15

13

26

55

Leitrim

5

6

18

29

Limerick

11

1

125

58

135

330

Longford

2

19

17

29

67

Louth

9

1

31

8

71

120

Mayo

6

24

17

48

95

Meath

7

43

27

74

151

Monaghan

1

23

14

65

103

Offaly

2

1

12

8

27

50

Roscommon

2

8

19

31

60

Sligo

21

15

33

69

Tipperary

3

63

33

137

236

Waterford

6

51

20

43

120

Westmeath

11

3

30

44

Wexford

2

23

22

48

95

Wicklow

5

33

22

47

107

Other

1

10

11

Totals

182

6

1,378

839

2,575

4,980

Table B — Details of Petitions finalised in 1990

County of residence of petitioner

Full remission

Substitution of fine for prison sentence

Partial mitigation of fine

Extension of time to pay

Refusal

Total number of petitions finalised

Carlow

2

22

23

19

66

Cavan

2

28

26

40

96

Clare

1

31

22

30

84

Cork

19

220

175

251

665

Donegal

3

77

39

53

172

Dublin

93

1

654

402

658

1,808

Galway

12

118

52

91

273

Kerry

2

83

55

79

219

Kildare

10

80

42

61

193

Kilkenny

2

42

18

21

83

Laois

43

13

22

78

Leitrim

2

21

10

16

49

Limerick

6

158

93

136

393

Longford

46

24

27

97

Louth

27

1

58

13

33

132

Mayo

6

1

46

38

43

134

Meath

12

59

39

56

166

Monaghan

4

50

30

46

130

Offaly

1

28

18

19

66

Roscommon

25

14

19

58

Sligo

2

36

49

35

122

Tipperary

10

1

93

46

99

249

Waterford

2

1

72

35

38

148

Westmeath

1

22

20

22

65

Wexford

5

1

54

18

46

124

Wicklow

2

40

25

44

111

Other

1

1

2

Totals

226

6

2,207

1,340

2,004

5,783

Table C — Details of Petitions finalised in 1991

County of residence of petitioner

Full remission

Substitution of fine for prison sentence

Partial mitigation of fine

Extension of time to pay

Refusal

Total number of petitions finalised

Carlow

16

8

21

45

Cavan

1

16

13

41

71

Clare

3

16

8

81

108

Cork

11

151

63

279

504

Donegal

2

50

30

88

170

Dublin

62

3

405

200

812

1,482

Galway

3

73

35

112

223

Kerry

1

1

40

23

100

165

Kildare

4

40

29

95

168

Kilkenny

2

18

7

24

51

Laois

1

20

8

36

65

Leitrim

5

2

7

14

Limerick

5

110

54

207

376

Longford

25

5

43

73

Louth

10

30

14

48

102

Mayo

5

28

24

61

118

Meath

7

31

21

90

149

Monaghan

4

28

9

50

91

Offaly

1

22

9

21

53

Roscommon

1

10

5

24

40

Sligo

1

18

22

42

83

Tipperary

5

108

40

185

338

Waterford

2

41

19

70

132

Westmeath

2

23

15

27

67

Wexford

2

23

16

59

100

Wicklow

20

10

61

91

Other

1

4

5

Totals

135

4

1,368

689

2,688

4,884

Table D — Details of Petitions finalised in 1992

County of residence of petitioner

Full remission

Substitution of fine for prison sentence

Partial mitigation of fine

Extension of time to pay

Refusal

Total number of petitions finalised

Carlow

2

12

3

12

29

Cavan

1

12

3

26

42

Clare

2

28

12

41

83

Cork

9

138

40

208

395

Donegal

1

1

51

15

54

122

Dublin

33

295

118

404

850

Galway

3

77

15

78

173

Kerry

62

11

80

153

Kildare

3

45

8

40

96

Kilkenny

1

17

4

24

46

Laois

26

3

25

54

Leitrim

17

1

17

35

Limerick

8

1

134

32

136

311

Longford

2

38

16

29

85

Louth

17

22

9

28

76

Mayo

4

78

7

32

121

Meath

6

47

13

56

122

Monaghan

2

1

23

8

30

64

Offaly

1

14

7

21

43

Roscommon

1

11

3

27

42

Sligo

1

35

2

30

68

Tipperary

4

102

30

114

250

Waterford

5

38

9

38

90

Westmeath

22

6

23

51

Wexford

1

20

7

38

66

Wicklow

43

4

50

97

Other

1

1

2

4

Totals

107

3

1,408

387

1,663

3,568

Table E — Details of Petitions finalised in 1993

County of residence of petitioner

Full remission

Substitution of fine for prison sentence

Partial mitigation of fine

Extension of time to pay

Refusal

Total number of petitions finalised

Carlow

19

1

18

38

Cavan

1

26

8

29

64

Clare

2

39

14

52

107

Cork

12

139

64

161

376

Donegal

2

1

57

19

74

153

Dublin

29

359

166

488

1,042

Galway

5

129

19

84

237

Kerry

3

55

17

47

122

Kildare

51

12

42

105

Kilkenny

1

40

4

37

82

Laois

1

31

14

34

80

Leitrim

15

8

12

35

Limerick

3

129

61

124

317

Longford

1

32

18

35

86

Louth

9

1

19

7

25

60

Mayo

56

16

52

124

Meath

7

54

17

68

146

Monaghan

3

41

8

35

87

Offaly

2

30

13

28

73

Roscommon

9

4

27

40

Sligo

24

9

31

64

Tipperary

4

112

49

76

241

Waterford

4

34

21

44

103

Westmeath

26

14

37

77

Wexford

4

25

8

37

74

Wicklow

5

29

13

62

109

Other

8

8

Totals

98

1

1,580

604

1,767

4,050

Explanation of Decisions Made
Full remission of penalty: Conviction stands but penalty remitted in full.
Substitution of fine for prison sentence: Conviction stands but if a nominated sum is paid within a specified period, the prison sentence is not enforced.
Partial mitigation of fine: Conviction stands but if a nominated sum is paid within a specified period, the outstanding balance of the fine is remitted.
Extension of time to pay: Conviction and fine stand but enforcement deferred for a specified period.
Refusal: Conviction and fine stand although it is customary to allow one month for payment of the fine from the date of issue of the decision except in the case of a repetition where no further time is allowed.