289. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons successfully prosecuted for begging in a public place within Dublin city centre in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form. [38265/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I wish to inform the Deputy that having sought the assistance of the Courts Service of Ireland, I understand that they are unable to provide the requested information.
I am informed that the offence of begging does not have a searchable code associated with it and so no report can be furnished. Offences of begging received from An Garda Síochána are in the form of a free text which means it isn't possible to run a report for the specific offence.