Tom Brady: Gardai have had a good year but gang crime still a problem
It has been a mixed year for the gardai in their ongoing war on crime. They have successfully curbed a soaring increase in burglaries that was causing a major headache for the authorities in the first couple of months of 2012.
And their much-lauded Operation Fiacla, which tackled the travelling gangs largely responsible for the spate of break-ins and thefts, also introduced a number of measures that can be put to good use in the future.
Crime figures generally fell in 12 out of the 14 categories, according to the latest reports published by the central statistics office.