533. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of special exemption orders granted since 2008 to date in tabular form; his plans to amend the legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13519/19]


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, which include the provision of information on the courts system.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had inquiries made and the Courts Service has provided information regarding the number of Special Exemption Orders granted from 2008 to 2017. The Courts Service has advised that statistics for 2018 are not yet available and are currently being compiled.
Special Exemption Orders 2008 - 2017

Year Total
2008 78,711
2009 64,011
2010 64,878
2011 53,837
2012 48,363
2013 45,869
2014 42,118
2015 41,889
2016 39,978
2017 39,843

While I have no immediate plans to amend the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2018, my Department keeps the operation of the law in this area under ongoing review.