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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (325)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

325. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of fixed charge notices issued to drivers for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone per Garda division in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53715/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána. I have no direct role in these matters.

The below table, comprising information provided to me by the Garda authorities, provides a yearly breakdown per Garda division of the number of instances in which a party was issued with a Fixed Charge Notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone.

2018

2019

2020

2021*

Cavan/Monaghan

1136

992

642

248

Clare

910

584

662

380

Cork City

1625

1333

1258

1313

Cork North

1142

1170

928

605

Cork West

696

621

529

360

D.M.R. Eastern

1078

980

685

351

D.M.R. North Central

684

584

570

498

D.M.R. Northern

932

1235

962

837

D.M.R. South Central

973

1083

593

308

D.M.R. Southern

1113

1029

669

406

D.M.R. Western

1678

1599

1571

1031

Donegal

460

613

578

438

Galway Div

2732

2253

1534

683

Kerry

1078

1119

806

812

Kildare Div

1591

1244

1601

2071

Kilkenny/Carlow

1429

1122

1338

1206

Laois/Offaly

1344

1041

814

1083

Limerick

2524

2264

942

720

Louth Div

630

439

846

531

Mayo

717

1320

907

871

Meath Div

641

698

1250

1327

Roscommon/Longford Div

714

614

421

311

Sligo/Leitrim

682

745

237

262

Tipperary

716

745

796

811

Waterford Div

1024

805

1090

1098

Westmeath Div

443

351

355

510

Wexford Div

1620

1584

1237

794

Wicklow Div

862

939

657

549

National

31174

29106

24478

20414

* Figures for 2021 up to 31 October 2021

The above figures are based on incidents which occurred from 1 January 2018 to 31 October 2021, inclusive. All information contained in this report is based upon operational data from the fixed charge processing system as was available on 2 November 2021 and is liable to change.

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