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Road Traffic Offences

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 5 July 2022

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Ceisteanna (546)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill

Ceist:

546. Deputy Jennifer Carroll MacNeill asked the Minister for Justice the number of prosecutions of cyclists for breaches of the Road Traffic Acts in Ireland in 2019, 2020 and 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36195/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, prosecutions are a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The DPP is wholly independent in her functions under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1974 (as amended) and, as Minister, I have no role in the operations, governance or oversight of the Office of the Director, which is funded through the Vote of the Department of the Taoiseach. 

As a result I am unable to provide any statistical information related to the work of the DPP. 

To be of assistance however, I have contacted the Garda authorities and have been advised of the following related to the number of Fixed Charge Penalty Notices issued for cycling offences under the Road Traffic Acts in the years specified. 

2019

2020

2021

Total FCNs issued

1510

1267

932

3709

Figures are based on incidents which occurred from 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2021, inclusive.  All information contained in this report is based upon operational data from the FCPS system as was available on 01/07/2022 and is liable to change.

It should be noted that additional offences can proceed directly by way of charge or summons. However I am advised by the Garda authorities that to provide an accurate count on these figures would involve a manual review of all relevant offences and this would take a disproportionate amount of time and resources to complete.

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