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13 violent deaths already in 2014

THREE murders over the weekend have brought the number of people who have died violently since the start of the year to 13.

Gangland crime has, in the past, produced a high number of tit-for-tat murders which have resulted in increased homicide figures, but that is not the case this year.

Gang-related murders make up a minority of the statistics for 2014 and nobody has yet been charged with these killings. But in the majority of cases, suspects have already been arrested and charged.

To put the current homicide figures into context, in 2013 it was mid-June before the figure of 13 was finally reached. This year, the victims have been:

January 1: Wayne McQuillan (30) stabbed to death in Drogheda. One person charged.

January 1: Dale Creighton (20) assaulted and beaten in Tallaght. Eight people charged.

January 6: Thomas Horan (63) died after an assault at his flat in Irishtown. Two charged.

January 7: Christy Daly (47) found shot dead in a ditch at Clara, Co Offaly. Investigation ongoing.

January 9: Michael O'Dwyer (25) stabbed in Tramore, Co Waterford. One man charged.

January 11: Vincent Maher (29) beaten to death at an apartment on Wellmount Road Finglas. Two men were questioned.

January 12: Tom O'Gorman, (39), (inset left) stabbed in his home in Beechpark, Clonsilla. One man charged.

January 18: Mickey Devoy found shot dead at Bohernabreena. Gardai following definite line of inquiry.

February 8: Cathal Sweeney assaulted in a flat in Ashdale Gardens, Terenure. One man charged.

February 13: James Talbot (46) shot dead at his home in Abbeywood Court in Lucan. Gardai investigation currently ongoing.

February 15: Alexander Karpov (26) stabbed in Portarlington, Co Laois. Two men arrested.

February 16: Sonia Blount (33) found dead in Plaza Hotel, Tallaght. It is suspected she was strangled. One man arrested.

February 16: Thomas Dooley (60s) assaulted at home in Edenderry, Co Offaly. Investigation ongoing.