Almost 300 bench warrants outstanding for over a year in Shannonside courts

Almost 900 bench warrants are outstanding for more than 12 months across the Shannonside Northern Sound region.

Figures released by the Department of Justice show a total of 1,310 ‘live’ warrants across the five counties.

Bench warrants are issued by a Judge, authorising a person’s arrest. They’re usually issued after a person fails to appear in Court when summoned.

578 bench warrants issued in the Cavan-Monaghan Division have been outstanding for more than a year.

These figures show a total of 810 warrants are outstanding in the area, the oldest dates back to December 1999.

192 bench warrants in Sligo-Leitrim and 102 in Roscommon-Longford have been outstanding for more than 12 months.

297 and 203 bench warrants are outstanding in the respective divisions.

The oldest warrant in Sligo-Leitrim was issued in July 1998 with the oldest in Roscommon-Longford from September of the same year.

The longest outstanding bench warrant in the country was issued in February 1968 in the Dublin North Central Division.]