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326. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of drivers that paid a fixed charge notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone per Garda division within the statutory payment timeframe in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53716/21]

Answer

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 paid a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) issued for the offences of driving while holding a mobile phone.
The figures also include instances where a FCN has issued which is still within the active interval for payment or payment is being processed.

2018 2019 2020 2021*
Cavan/Monaghan 987 846 545 213
Clare 781 507 563 333
Cork City 1372 1143 1074 1153
Cork North 1007 1007 808 517
Cork West 624 552 498 339
D.M.R. Eastern 941 839 590 291
D.M.R. North Central 545 463 448 413
D.M.R. Northern 754 995 768 670
D.M.R. South Central 820 851 481 262
D.M.R. Southern 906 834 497 312
D.M.R. Western 1332 1228 1216 799
Donegal 395 536 511 388
Galway Div 2416 1947 1344 599
Kerry 930 970 680 717
Kildare Div 1370 1062 1367 1747
Kilkenny/Carlow 1277 972 1163 1032
Laois/Offaly 1183 900 702 935
Limerick 2138 1944 779 608
Louth Div 546 362 713 418
Mayo 654 1181 811 762
Meath Div 547 600 1086 1109
Roscommon/Longford Div 633 542 363 265
Sligo/Leitrim 609 670 210 230
Tipperary 622 649 664 682
Waterford Div 909 689 928 938
Westmeath Div 395 313 308 454
Wexford Div 1407 1404 1089 695
Wicklow Div 749 818 558 476
National 26849 24824 20764 17357

* Figures for 2021 up to 31/10/2021
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.