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805. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons summoned to court for not paying a fixed charge notice for driving while holding a mobile phone by District Court in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form. [21428/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy may be aware, there are no summons issued for the failure to pay a Fixed Charge Notice within the statutory payment window. Rather, a person who chooses to exercise their right to not pay the Fixed Charge Penalty will be summonsed to Court for the offence for which the Fixed Charge Notice was originally issued - in the case of the information requested, the offence of driving whilst holding a mobile phone.
I have contacted the Courts Service and have been advised that the following table shows the number of persons before the courts and finalised for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone by District Court for the periods Jan – Dec 2019, Jan – Dec 2020 & Jan – 31 st March 2021.
It should be noted that a defendant may be listed in more than one Court Area for each year and such defendants would be displayed more than once in this report.

Court Area Jan - Dec 2019
No. of Persons  
Jan - Dec 2020
No. of Persons  
Jan - 31 Mar 2021
No. of Persons  
ACAILL 0 0 *
AN CLOCHAN LIATH * * 0
AN DAINGEAN * 0 0
AN FAL CARRACH * 0 *
ARDEE 36 12 0
ARKLOW 24 11 0
ATHLONE 42 25 *
ATHY 20 10 *
BALLAGHADERREEN * 0 *
BALLINA 43 34 *
BALLINASLOE 19 20 13
BALLYSHANNON * * *
BANDON 46 27 13
BANTRY 10 * *
BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD * * *
BRAY 78 44 *
BUNCRANA 32 31 *
CAHIRCIVEEN * * 0
CARLOW 93 104 49
CARNDONAGH * * 0
CARRICK ON SHANNON 36 19 *
CARRICK ON SUIR * * *
CARRICKMACROSS 81 31 *
CASHEL 39 22 *
CASTLEBAR 65 90 *
CASTLEREA * * 0
CAVAN 65 44 12
CLIFDEN * * *
CLONAKILTY 15 * 0
CLONMEL 18 16 10
CORK CITY 371 190 97
DOIRE AN FHEICH * * 0
DONEGAL * * *
DROGHEDA 45 41 *
DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT 1,431 821 228
DUNDALK 50 35 *
DUNGARVAN 39 17 15
ENNIS 109 51 25
FERMOY 45 20 *
GALWAY 272 176 30
GOREY 147 61 33
GORT 32 13 0
KILCOCK 23 0 0
KILKENNY 121 55 42
KILLALOE 11 * *
KILLARNEY 69 26 *
KILLORGLIN * * 0
KILRUSH 15 * *
LETTERKENNY 31 49 12
LIMERICK 430 295 33
LISMORE * * *
LISTOWEL 15 17 *
LONGFORD 55 40 13
LOUGHREA 43 20 11
MACROOM 44 17 *
MALLOW 56 61 25
MANORHAMILTON * 0 0
MEATH 114 78 45
MIDLETON 94 68 *
MONAGHAN 19 12 *
MULLINGAR 23 * *
NA GLEANNTA  0 * 0
NAAS 340 157 49
NENAGH 26 26 14
NEWCASTLE WEST 93 53 13
PORTLAOISE 198 66 46
ROSCOMMON 32 19 *
SKIBBEREEN * * 0
SLIGO 106 42 0
STROKESTOWN * * 0
THURLES 48 26 17
TIPPERARY 24 * *
TRALEE 121 96 *
TUAM 51 27 *
TUBBERCURRY 15 13 0
TULLAMORE 64 38 20
VIRGINIA 41 31 18
WATERFORD CITY 176 112 23
WESTPORT * 0 0
WEXFORD 166 115 56
WICKLOW 37 28 *
YOUGHAL * * 0
Total no of Persons 6,081 3,635 1,089


* Less than 10