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Fines Administration

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Ceisteanna (329)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

329. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 200 of 12 May 2021, if she will provide the most to date figures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53719/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. This includes the operation of the Fixed Charge Penalty System, which is under the remit of the Garda Fixed Charge Processing Office.

I have been advised by An Garda Síochána that no person issued with a Fixed Charge Penalty Notice (FCPN) is deemed to have 'failed' to pay the Notice once the statutory payment window has passed. Rather, a person has a right to refuse to pay the notice and take the option of Court proceedings. The reasons why a person may not pay the Notice are varied and not recorded by An Garda Síochána.

I have contacted An Garda Síochána and have been provided with the following table which shows a yearly breakdown per Garda division of the number of instances in which a Fixed Charge Notice was issued for the offences of driving while holding a mobile phone and the eventual outcome was the issuance of a summons and/or court proceedings.

Figures are based on incidents which occurred from 01/01/2018 to 31/10/2021, inclusive. All information contained in this table is based upon operational data from the FCPS system as was available on 02/11/2021 and is liable to change.

2018

2019

2020

2021*

Cavan/Monaghan

138

129

91

34

Clare

116

69

96

45

Cork City

225

168

168

152

Cork North

124

144

106

84

Cork West

64

61

26

20

D.M.R. Eastern

128

120

83

59

D.M.R. North Central

127

111

112

81

D.M.R. Northern

163

220

181

158

D.M.R. South Central

139

195

94

45

D.M.R. Southern

193

166

154

88

D.M.R. Western

307

323

326

219

Donegal

55

60

62

47

Galway Div

277

270

171

77

Kerry

137

133

115

89

Kildare Div

197

157

205

301

Kilkenny/Carlow

135

141

159

164

Laois/Offaly

145

129

100

142

Limerick

363

294

153

107

Louth Div

73

71

121

102

Mayo

56

126

85

93

Meath Div

85

88

151

197

Roscommon/Longford Div

71

63

55

40

Sligo/Leitrim

64

62

23

31

Tipperary

90

92

113

125

Waterford Div

103

103

135

149

Westmeath Div

43

34

37

52

Wexford Div

198

166

130

91

Wicklow Div

106

108

92

65

Yearly Total

3922

3803

3344

2857

*Figures for 2021 up to 31/10/2021

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