Almost 124,000 garda warrants still to be acted on
NEARLY 124,000 garda arrest warrants are waiting to be executed right across the country, new figures released last night reveal.
Some of the warrants stretch back years, according to statistics received by Labour TD Kevin Humphreys following parliamentary questions to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
The information was based on the number of outstanding warrants on the Garda PULSE system on May 21 last. The data stretches back to 2000. A total of 123,969 warrants are outstanding nationwide -- these include multiple warrants for the same individual.
The vast bulk of the warrants apply to the Dublin Metropolitan Region. The largest number of warrants, at 23,848, are for the north central division. It is followed by the southern division with 15,523 warrants; western with 13,902; northern 11,290; south central at 4,081 and the eastern division at 2,943. In the country areas Cork city has 7,257 outstanding warrants, followed by Galway with 5,742, Kildare with 5,037 and Meath with 4,170 warrants.
Back in 2000 there were 1,142 warrants to be executed and the numbers gradually began to rise through the decade.
Mr Shatter said the vast majority of the warrants did not relate to violent or the more serious categories of offence.
Mr Humphreys added: "Law abiding people, especially those in working class areas that suffer most from crime, need to be assured that committal warrants for convicted criminals are carried out quickly, and that bench warrants for missed court appearances are acted on."