A Green Party TD has said figures which show just ten fines were issued per week nationally for parking in a cycle lane are "hugely disappointing".

Steven Matthews revealed the number of fixed charge notices issued for blocking a cycle lane after meeting senior representatives from An Garda Síochána at the Oireachtas Committee on Transport.

They show 354 fines issued up to 28 August this year, 350 in total last year and 539 in 2020.

Other figures released relate to the number of cyclists hit by a vehicle and the number of cyclists admitted to hospital due to injuries from a collision.

Up to 28 August this year there were 1,071 collisions involving cyclists, compared to 1,669 for the whole of last year and 1,574 for 2020.

The number of cyclists hospitalised so far this year to 28 August is 354.

Some 638 cyclists were hospitalised last year and 584 were hospitalised in 2020.

Mr Matthews said: "Unfortunately, while these statistics are hugely disappointing, both as a cyclist and as a public representative, they aren't entirely surprising.

"The figures I have obtained from 2020 onwards show that we are looking at ten fines per week nationally for parking in a cycle lane so far this year.

"I think it is fair to say that if you tried, you could find ten offences on any main street, on any given day.

"The fact that so few fines are being issued is incredibly frustrating," he said.

"The fact that we have had more cyclists hospitalised following accidents with vehicles than we have had fines issued for parking in cycle lanes is a clear indication that we not only have a behavioural issue but also an issue with enforcement.

"It is clear that this failure to address what is potentially a very serious road infringement goes way beyond any individual station."

Mr Matthews added: "I am seeking an urgent shift in emphasis from An Garda Síochána in their enforcement of cycling lanes and any other measure that offers greater protection to cyclists on our roads.

"Any rhetoric or road safety campaign needs to be matched with action in terms of consistently issuing fines for anybody blocking a cycle lane, even briefly.

"The excuse of 'I'll only be a minute' can’t cut it anymore."

A garda spokesperson said: "An Garda Síochána does not comment on statements made by third parties."