296. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on a newspaper report (details supplied) of 7 February 2018 relating to a Garda report containing information outstanding from a number of parliamentary questions, including the number of drivers detected with between 50 mg and 80 mg of blood alcohol; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7446/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am aware of the newspaper article referred to by the Deputy, however, the Deputy will appreciate that it is not appropriate for me to comment on a journalist's source material. The Deputy is also fully aware that I have no role, as Minister for Justice and Equality, in relation to Garda operational matters, which fall within the remit of the Garda Commissioner.
However, I have again requested the information sought by the Deputy in relation to drivers detected with blood alcohol content levels between 50mgs and 80 mgs further to the Deputy's previous parliamentary question numbers 138 of 21 March 2017, 469 and 523 of 26 July 2017, 556 of 7 November 2017, 115 of 13 December 2017 and 273 of 23 January 2018. I will contact the Deputy directly on receipt of a Garda report.