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143. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the special exemption orders granted by court district No. 17 from 16 February 2015 to 16 March 2017, in tabular form. [7680/18]

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, which include 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 informed me that court statistics and information are not compiled in such a way as to provide the detail sought by the Deputy for the time period in question. While the Courts Service were in a position to provide the detail sought by the Deputy in PQ 7681/18 today, this was due to the shorter time period of less than 2 weeks.  As the Deputy is aware, licensing applications are not computerised and, therefore, to provide the information sought would involve a trawl of documentation for each court in Court District No. 17 (circa 350 courts) and the collation of data sought in respect of in excess of 4,000 special exemptions granted from 16 February 2015 to 16 March 2017.  It would require a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources to collate the data required. 
However, in order to be of some assistance to the Deputy, the Courts Service has provided the following information regarding special exemption orders granted in respect of each court in Court District No. 17 from 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2017.
Number of Special Exemption Orders granted in respect of each court in Court District No. 17 from 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2017

  Tralee An Daingean Killarney Killorglin Cahirciveen Kenmare Listowel  Total
February - December 2015 1,358 25 367 133 158 66 157  2,264
January - December 2016 1,080 64 361 87 223 95 50  1,960
January - March 2017 217 40 92 41 51 30 44 515

The Courts Service has advised that it is currently in the process of implementing an eLicensing system throughout the country, which will include the provision of management information.