Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1508)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

1508. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount issued annually over the past five years in compensation for malicious damage to property under the compensation scheme established under the Malicious Injuries Act 1981 and the Malicious Injuries (Amendment) Act 1986; the amount paid out annually over the past five years that specifically relates to compensation for the theft of ATM cash machines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19054/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Section 2 of the Malicious Injuries Acts 1981 and 1986 provides for recoupment of costs to local authorities in relation to malicious injury claims taken against them. Specifically, the Acts provide for full recoupment to local authorities in respect of expenditure where damage, the aggregate amount of which exceeds €127, is caused to any property;

(i) unlawfully by one or more of a number (exceeding two) of persons riotously assembled together, or

(ii) as a result of an act committed maliciously on behalf of an unlawful organisation, or

(iii) as a result of an act committed maliciously by a person, acting on behalf of an organisation outside the State, that engages in, or advocates the use of violence, for purposes related to the administration of the State of Northern Ireland.

These recoupments are made through my Department. Over the last 5 years, the following payments have been made:

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2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total Expenditure

€260,479

€82,096

€322,939

€175,872

**€388,936

Of which concerns ATM theft and related costs

€257,863

€0

€0

€0

**€202,849

** the 2018 figures do not include the plaintiff's legal costs, which have yet to be settled.