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347. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of various categories of crime reported in each Garda Síochána division in each of the past ten years to date; her plans to address any issues arising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42914/15]

348. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of various categories of crime reports in each Garda Síochána division in County Kildare in each of the past ten years to date; the extent to which she expects to be in a position to address any issues arising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42915/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 347 and 348 together.
The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.
I have requested the CSO to provide the available statistical information directly to the Deputy.
The Deputy will appreciate that the policing response to crime trends is a matter in the first instance for the Garda authorities. The Deputy will also be aware that the Government is strongly supporting an Garda Síochána through the provision of enhanced resources which facilitate a range of operational initiatives, such as the recently launched Operation Thor, as well as through updated legislation including the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015 which is currently before the Houses of the Oireachtas.