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60. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to a study undertaken by the European Network Against Racism which noted there has been an increase in the number of race-related hate crimes here; if the reasons this has been occurring have been identified; her plans for initiatives and programmes to prevent future occurrences; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15529/17]

61. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 33 of 16 February 2017, if the report is now to hand indicating the number of prosecutions in 2016 and to date in 2017 per District Court for disqualified drivers driving while disqualified; the number of disqualified drivers prosecuted for failing to submit a licence under section 29(16) and 29(17) of the Road Traffic Act 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15530/17]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 33 for answer on Thursday, 16 February, 2017, in which you requested the number of prosecutions in 2016 and to date in 2017 per district court for disqualified drivers driving while disqualified; the number of disqualified drivers prosecuted for failing to submit a licence under section 29(16) and (17) of the Road Traffic Act 2010. As you will recall, the information you requested could not be obtained in the time available, and I undertook to contact you again following receipt of a report from An Garda Síochána.
I am now informed by the Garda authorities that the specific information you requested is not available in the format requested, in that it is not recorded in a manner to allow it be collated by Court District Area. However, the Garda authorities have provided the following table which shows the total number, recorded on PULSE, of proceedings commenced by An Garda Síochána in 2016 and 2017 (valid to 14 February 2017) for various offences whereby a person was found driving a vehicle, the driving of which was not authorised by a valid driving licence, which category includes persons driving while disqualified.
Total Number of Proceedings commenced by An Garda Síochána in 2016 and 2017 (as at 14.02.2017) for various offences whereby a person was found driving a vehicle, the driving of which is not authorised by a valid driving licence*

Offence 2016 2017
Driving without driving licence.
Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (as substituted by Section 12 of the Road Traffic Act, 2006).
19,158 708
Fail To Surrender Driving Licence For Endorsement.
Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 and Section 102 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (as amended by Section 2 of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 1984).
7 0
Disqualified Driver Failing to Submit Licence.
Section 29(16) & (17) of the Road Traffic Act 2010.
6 0
Section 22 Road Traffic Act 2002, as amended by Section 63 Road Traffic Act 2010.
(Production of a Driving Licence in Court).
33 0
*Statistics provided are provisional, operational and liable to change and are valid to 14 February 2017. Question No. 62 answered with Question No. 39.