Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Ceisteanna (636)

Richard O'Donoghue

Ceist:

636. Deputy Richard O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Justice the number of bench warrants outstanding by county as of 31 December 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6981/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is, by law, responsible for the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the allocation of Garda resources in respect of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no direct role in these decisions.

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

The following table, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, shows the number of outstanding bench warrants as of 31 December 2020 for each Garda Division.

Division

Outstanding Warrants

D.M.R. Eastern

762

D.M.R. North Central

5811

D.M.R. Northern

4490

D.M.R. South Central

1848

D.M.R. Southern

3115

D.M.R. Western

5317

Kildare Division

868

Kilkenny/Carlow

668

Laois/Offaly

233

Meath Division

448

Waterford Division

394

Westmeath Division

281

Wexford Division

419

Wicklow Division

467

Cavan/Monaghan

892

Donegal

789

Galway Division

833

Louth Division

620

Mayo

230

Roscommon/Longford Division

170

Sligo/Leitrim

282

Clare

178

Cork City

1015

Cork North

325

Cork West

169

Kerry

462

Limerick

989

Tipperary

489

I am informed that these figures were collated based on PULSE data as of 4 February 2021. As they constitute real time operational data, they are liable to change.