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425. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of drivers disqualified in court in 2016, 2017 and 2018 that appealed the disqualification; the outcome of the appeals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13461/19]

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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, which include the provision of information on the courts system.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has provided the information below.
It should be noted that on appeal a person may have had different outcomes in relation to different offences and in such cases will appear more than once on the report against different appeal outcomes. For example where an appeal against one offence is allowed and a conviction in relation to another one of their offences affirmed, they will therefore appear twice on the report.
Jan – Dec 2016

Persons Disqualified in the District Court who Appealed their conviction Appeal offences Findings Persons Disqualified after Appeal
248 Affirmed 248
587 Appeal Allowed 0
142 Strike out no Appearance - Affirm Order of the District Court 142
163 Strike out Appeal Withdrawn - Affirm Order of the District Court 163
873 Appeal Varied 454
46 Appeals Pending 0

Jan - Dec 2017
Persons Disqualified in the District Court who Appealed their conviction Appeal offences Findings Persons Disqualified after Appeal
275 Affirmed 275
641 Appeal Allowed 0
133 Strike out no Appearance - Affirm Order of the District Court 133
190 Strike out Appeal Withdrawn - Affirm Order of the District Court 190
1,098 Appeal Varied 512
181 Appeals Pending 0

Jan - Dec 2018
Persons Disqualified in the District Court who Appealed their conviction Appeal offences Findings Persons Disqualified after Appeal
179 Affirmed 179
531 Appeal Allowed 0
123 Strike out no Appearance - Affirm Order of the District Court 123
188 Strike out Appeal Withdrawn - Affirm Order of the District Court 188
811 Appeal Varied 353
998 Appeals Pending 0