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530. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Justice the number of assaults on gardaí in each of the years 2015 to 2020 and to date in 2021, by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48122/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As Minister for Justice, I am deeply conscious of the risks encountered by all members of An Garda Síochána every time they go on duty. All assaults, of whatever nature, are a blatant disregard for the safety of the brave people in uniform who risk their lives every day in the service of the State.
An Garda Síochána have advised me that a search of the PULSE database was conducted on 4 October 2021 to identify any incident of assault reported nationwide from 1 January 2015 whereby a ‘Garda Injured Party’ was linked to the incident. It should be noted that this data therefore may include all types of injury recorded. PULSE was updated in October 2020 to allow for more precise recording of assaults on Garda members.
The number of such incidents reported per Garda Division is as follows:

Garda Division 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021*
Cavan/Monaghan 28 20 38 29 34 30 21
Clare 16 18 11 10 ** 14 11
Cork City 67 41 45 40 36 53 33
Cork North 30 34 38 22 44 34 27
Cork West 13 11 14 12 36 23 10
DMR Eastern 15 13 13 13 12 26 10
DMR North Central 35 28 34 53 65 86 29
DMR Northern 62 40 25 51 58 67 34
DMR South Central 31 22 27 30 52 73 43
DMR Southern 30 29 29 39 35 64 27
DMR Western 53 43 61 43 57 58 32
Donegal 19 32 37 33 32 47 35
Galway 25 20 32 34 32 65 24
Kerry 29 22 28 36 39 30 10
Kildare 26 10 14 20 17 26 19
Kilkenny/Carlow 33 38 12 18 32 27 22
Laois/Offaly 31 29 17 22 40 49 35
Limerick 32 24 18 25 23 28 14
Louth 26 40 23 38 33 42 29
Mayo 13 26 16 11 24 18 22
Meath 25 10 21 19 31 26 13
Roscommon/Longford 22 10 18 11 29 26 **
Sligo/Leitrim 15 13 15 15 25 26 16
Tipperary 47 40 60 64 32 30 32
Waterford 34 44 38 37 32 49 16
Westmeath 17 23 11 20 31 26 13
Wexford 13 17 24 11 21 29 14
Wicklow 30 ** 16 ** 19 24 17
*2021 YTD to 3 October
** Count <10
Note: Figures were collated based on PULSE data as of 1:30am on 4 October 2021. These are operational and may be liable to change.