276. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of convictions for domestic abuse-related offences recorded by An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26580/19]


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 provided a report on the number of offences and the number of persons convicted for domestic violence by Court area between 1 January 2010 and 31 May 2019 (see attached).
The Courts Service has advised that data can only be provided where standard offence codes are used by prosecutors on Criminal Case Tracking System (CCTS).
The Courts Service has further advised that there may be cases that could have been prosecuted as assault which may have arisen out of domestic abuse incidents. However, such prosecutions cannot be identified by the Courts Service for the purpose of this report.