Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Ceisteanna (154, 155)

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

154. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons imprisoned for cannabis-related offences in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14387/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

155. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons with no previous convictions that were imprisoned for cannabis-related offences in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14388/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 154 and 155 together.

I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that it is not possible to provide statistics relating specifically to cannabis related offences as the manner in which records are collated does not allow them to differentiate between the type of substance the offence relates to.

The Irish Prison Service have further advised that it does not record data in the format requested in relation to the number of persons with no previous convictions that were imprisoned for cannabis related offences.