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155. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of drivers disqualified in court in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40935/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, and this includes the provision of information on the courts system.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has provided the Report in the following table which sets out the number of drivers disqualified in court in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018.

Year No of Defendants Disqualified from Driving
Jan - Dec 2016 7,539
Jan - Dec 2017 9,131
Jan – 20 Sep 2018 6,499