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Fines Administration

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (326)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

326. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of drivers that paid a fixed charge notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone per Garda division within the statutory payment timeframe in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53716/21]

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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 paid a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) issued for the offences of driving while holding a mobile phone.

The figures also include instances where a FCN has issued which is still within the active interval for payment or payment is being processed.

2018

2019

2020

2021*

Cavan/Monaghan

987

846

545

213

Clare

781

507

563

333

Cork City

1372

1143

1074

1153

Cork North

1007

1007

808

517

Cork West

624

552

498

339

D.M.R. Eastern

941

839

590

291

D.M.R. North Central

545

463

448

413

D.M.R. Northern

754

995

768

670

D.M.R. South Central

820

851

481

262

D.M.R. Southern

906

834

497

312

D.M.R. Western

1332

1228

1216

799

Donegal

395

536

511

388

Galway Div

2416

1947

1344

599

Kerry

930

970

680

717

Kildare Div

1370

1062

1367

1747

Kilkenny/Carlow

1277

972

1163

1032

Laois/Offaly

1183

900

702

935

Limerick

2138

1944

779

608

Louth Div

546

362

713

418

Mayo

654

1181

811

762

Meath Div

547

600

1086

1109

Roscommon/Longford Div

633

542

363

265

Sligo/Leitrim

609

670

210

230

Tipperary

622

649

664

682

Waterford Div

909

689

928

938

Westmeath Div

395

313

308

454

Wexford Div

1407

1404

1089

695

Wicklow Div

749

818

558

476

National

26849

24824

20764

17357

* Figures for 2021 up to 31/10/2021

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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