816. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Justice the number of outstanding bench warrants in each of the years 2016 to 2020, by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21627/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is statutorily responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including the maintenance of certain databases.
I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will write directly to the Deputy when it is available.
However, to be of assistance, I can provide the latest figures for each Garda Division provided to me in response to a previous question.
The table below, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, shows the number of outstanding bench warrants as of 31 December 2020 for each Garda Division.  

Division Outstanding Warrants
D.M.R. Eastern 762
D.M.R. North Central 5811
D.M.R. Northern 4490
D.M.R. South Central 1848
D.M.R. Southern 3115
D.M.R. Western 5317
Kildare Division 868
Kilkenny/Carlow 668
Laois/Offaly 233
Meath Division 448
Waterford Division 394
Westmeath Division 281
Wexford Division 419
Wicklow Division 467
Cavan/Monaghan 892
Donegal 789
Galway Division 833
Louth Division 620
Mayo 230
Roscommon/Longford Division 170
Sligo/Leitrim 282
Clare 178
Cork City 1015
Cork North 325
Cork West 169
Kerry 462
Limerick 989
Tipperary 489

I am informed that these figures were collated based on PULSE data as of 4 February 2021.  As they constitute real time operational data, they are liable to change.