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324. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice her plans to provide for a dedicated transport police service. [53952/21]

325. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of fixed charge notices issued to drivers for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone per Garda division in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53715/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána. I have no direct role in these matters.
The below table, comprising information provided to me by the Garda authorities, provides a yearly breakdown per Garda division of the number of instances in which a party was issued with a Fixed Charge Notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone.

2018 2019 2020 2021*
Cavan/Monaghan 1136 992 642 248
Clare 910 584 662 380
Cork City 1625 1333 1258 1313
Cork North 1142 1170 928 605
Cork West 696 621 529 360
D.M.R. Eastern 1078 980 685 351
D.M.R. North Central 684 584 570 498
D.M.R. Northern 932 1235 962 837
D.M.R. South Central 973 1083 593 308
D.M.R. Southern 1113 1029 669 406
D.M.R. Western 1678 1599 1571 1031
Donegal 460 613 578 438
Galway Div 2732 2253 1534 683
Kerry 1078 1119 806 812
Kildare Div 1591 1244 1601 2071
Kilkenny/Carlow 1429 1122 1338 1206
Laois/Offaly 1344 1041 814 1083
Limerick 2524 2264 942 720
Louth Div 630 439 846 531
Mayo 717 1320 907 871
Meath Div 641 698 1250 1327
Roscommon/Longford Div 714 614 421 311
Sligo/Leitrim 682 745 237 262
Tipperary 716 745 796 811
Waterford Div 1024 805 1090 1098
Westmeath Div 443 351 355 510
Wexford Div 1620 1584 1237 794
Wicklow Div 862 939 657 549
National 31174 29106 24478 20414

* Figures for 2021 up to 31 October 2021
The above figures are based on incidents which occurred from 1 January 2018 to 31 October 2021, inclusive. All information contained in this report is based upon operational data from the fixed charge processing system as was available on 2 November 2021 and is liable to change.