Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Justice and Equality

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Photo of Pádraig O'SullivanPádraig O'Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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287. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who were prosecuted under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 in each of the years 2019 to 2022; if a breakdown of the actual offence can be listed in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2514/23]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, prosecutions are a matter for the Director of Prosecutions, who is fully independent in her functions under Section 2(5) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1974 (as amended).

As Minister I have no role in the operations, functions, governance or oversight of the Office of the DPP and am unable to provide any information or statistics relating to the Director's work as a result.

Additionally, management of the courts, operational matters and logistical functions are the responsibility of the judiciary and Courts Service, which are independent in exercising their functions under the Courts Service Act 1998 and given the separation of powers in the Constitution. The Courts Service has a dedicated email address for the provision of information to members of the Houses of the Oireachtas: oireachtasenquiries@courts.ie.

To be of assistance I have referred the Deputy's question to the Courts Service for reply.

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