229. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of drivers who were summoned to court in 2018 for the offence of driving while disqualified; the number who were convicted of this offence; the penalty imposed by the court in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10471/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, and this includes the provision of information on the courts system.
I have requested information from the Courts Service and An Garda Síochána in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy directly as soon as I have the information to hand. Question No. 230 answered with Question No. 213.