Big rise in murders and sex offences - but crime stats not affected by controversy
Official crime figures recorded a substantial increase in murders last year, as the country was rocked by the bloody Hutch-Kinahan feud.
There has also been a rise in sexual offences recorded, although burglaries and robberies fell according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures.
Murders were up 31pc when compared with the previous year, the recorded crime figures for 2016 revealed. This was due largely to the gangland feud which has claimed 11 lives.
The number of sexual offences also increased by more than 8pc, with sexual assaults on children up more than 20pc.
The CSO said that the ongoing controversy over road traffic offences had not affected its stats. It resumed the publication of recorded crime statistics in June 2015 after a comprehensive review of the accuracy of Garda Síochána crime data.
It also noted that, this month, gardaí identified an issue regarding about 148,000 traffic offences over the period 2006-2016.
"As the CSO publishes a small element of traffic related incidents (Group 04 Dangerous or Negligent Acts) in the quarterly recorded crime series, the CSO requested data on the 148,000 offences to establish whether any of these offences had been incorrectly included in the quarterly recorded crime data as additional incidents," the CSO said.
"An Garda Síochána provided the details of the 148,000 offences and the CSO has determined that these offences do not appear to have affected the quarterly recorded crime series."