Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Michael D. Higgins

Ceist:

148 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress which has been made with regard to the computerisation of Garda records in order that the promised penalty point system for road offenders can be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27653/01]

The requirements of the Garda Síochána in relation to the introduction of penalty points for certain road traffic offences are being taken into account in the development of new Garda computer facilities. I appreciate the importance of this project and it will be progressed as quickly as possible.