Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Jonathan O'Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
Question 487: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce attachment orders in addition to that contained in the Fines Act 2010; and the date on which this legislation will be introduced. [7755/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
The Fines Act 2010 includes a number of provisions designed to improve the collection of fines and to reduce the number of people committed to prison for the non-payment of fines. I intend to commence the outstanding provisions relating to instalment payments; the appointment of receivers; and the use of community service orders where fines remain unpaid, later this year.
The Programme for Government includes a commitment to introduce attachment orders to collect outstanding fines. I am currently considering how to implement this commitment and expect to be in a position to bring forward a Fines (Amendment) Bill to provide for attachment orders later in the year.