Murders increase by more than a third within a year
MURDERS have increased by more than a third within a year despite a fall in 10 out of 14 crime categories, according to the latest figures.
A report published by the independent Central Statistics Office showed there were 60 murders committed in the year ending in March.
This was an increase of 36.4pc on the total of 44 for the previous year.
However, the rise is not being attributed to organised crime and the detection rate for the crime is regarded as quite high.
Interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said yesterday that a large number of arrests had already been made in relation to murders committed in the first quarter of this year. But she admitted the increase was significant and said all investigations were being pursued vigorously.
She appealed to everybody the consider the terrible impact caused by murder.
"Not only has someone lost their life but communities and, more importantly, families and friends will face years of devastation and grief in attempting to come to terms with the loss of a loved one," she said.
Manslaughters were also up by 25pc but dangerous driving causing death was down by 4.3pc, pushing the overall homicide figure up 22pc from 71 to 87.
Most of the main bulk crimes, affecting the daily lives of communities, were down.
Burglaries continued to fall, a trend that has been continued since the gardai launched the successful Operation Fiacla, and dropped by 1.4pc, or 363, to a total of 26,317, although those involving violence jumped by 19pc from 272 to 325.
An overall increase of 2.3pc in thefts (77,923) was driven by a rise of a fifth in the number of crimes against a person but unauthorised taking of vehicles and related offences were down by almost 12pc.