Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Garda Investigations

9:00 pm

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 545: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda forensic collision investigators that are qualified to read tachographs and to give evidence in court; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9812/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will write to the Deputy directly when it is to hand.

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 546: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if the working hours of commercial drivers involved in collisions are routinely checked by the investigating member of An Garda Síochána; if any prosecutions are been taken by the Garda on foot of such investigations; if any licences have been withdrawn from commercial drivers or haulage companies as a result of such investigations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9813/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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In the time available it has not been possible to supply the information requested by the Deputy in relation to Garda activity. I will be in contact with the Deputy when the information is to hand.

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 547: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if gardaí investigating a serious collision routinely check the telephone records of all drivers involved to rule out distracted driving as a causative factor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9821/12]

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 548: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of drivers who have been prosecuted for using a mobile phone while driving, resulting in injury or death to another road user; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9823/12]

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 549: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will explain the basis upon which a garda can form a suspicion that mobile phone usage has been a causative factor in a serious or fatal road collision and request mobile phone records, as he previously advised in an earlier parliamentary question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9825/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 547 to 549, inclusive, together.

In the time available it has not been possible for the Garda authorities to supply the information requested by the Deputy. I will be in contact with the Deputy when the information is to hand.

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