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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]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): 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