Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (533)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

533. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of special exemption orders granted since 2008 to date in tabular form; his plans to amend the legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13519/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had inquiries made and the Courts Service has provided information regarding the number of Special Exemption Orders granted from 2008 to 2017. The Courts Service has advised that statistics for 2018 are not yet available and are currently being compiled.

Special Exemption Orders 2008 - 2017

Year

Total

2008

78,711

2009

64,011

2010

64,878

2011

53,837

2012

48,363

2013

45,869

2014

42,118

2015

41,889

2016

39,978

2017

39,843

While I have no immediate plans to amend the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2018, my Department keeps the operation of the law in this area under ongoing review.