Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (102)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

102. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of outstanding bench warrants by Garda division; and his plans to address this matter. [16940/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, difficulties in relation to the execution of warrants, including bench warrants, are a long-standing issue for many police forces around the world; notably relating to persons actively seeking to evade detection and where limited identification information might be available to support enforcement.  These difficulties are compounded where the warrant has been outstanding for some years.  However, I am assured that An Garda Síochána execute warrants as expeditiously as possible, giving priority to the execution of warrants relating to serious crimes.

The Deputy will also appreciate that the figure for outstanding bench warrants recorded by PULSE at any given time reflects an accumulation of old bench warrants which has arisen over the years and that therefore the total figure for outstanding bench warrants as shown on PULSE may not be a reliable indicator of the number of 'live' warrants which are actually enforceable.

While it is important to note that an individual can be the subject of multiple bench warrants, I am advised by the Garda authorities that, as of 10 April 2019, there are 37,797 bench warrants outstanding nationally.  The attached table provides a breakdown of bench warrants outstanding by Garda Division. 

Region

Garda Division

Number

Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR)

DMR East

959

DMR North Central

6,267

DMR North

4,487

DMR South Central

2,275

DMR South

3,516

DMR West

5,677

DMR TRFC

33

Eastern Region

Kildare

960

Laois/Offaly

317

Meath

630

Westmeath

655

Wicklow

718

Northern Region

Cavan/Monaghan

863

Donegal

672

Louth

693

Sligo/Leitrim

317

South Eastern Region

Kilkenny/Carlow

948

Tipperary

858

Waterford

515

Wexford

618

Southern Region

Cork City

1,209

Cork North

420

Cork West

170

Kerry

608

Limerick

1,466

Western Region

Clare

313

Galway

1,071

Mayo

279

Roscommon/Longford

283

Total Nationally

37,797

*Operation figures from Pulse and are accurate as of 10 April 2019 and liable to change.