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531. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Justice the number of public order offences that were handed out 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. [48123/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am informed by the Garda authorities that Gardaí deploy a wide range of operational measures aimed at tackling public-order offences and anti-social behaviour in all contexts. The legal framework which assists the Gardaí in tackling this type of crime includes provisions under the Criminal Damage Act 1991; the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994; the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2003; and the Intoxicating Liquor Acts 2003 and 2008.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of all crime statistics. The CSO produces these statistics using data recorded on An Garda Síochána’s PULSE system and makes regular releases under reservation in relation to various crime statistics, including recorded and detected crime, and listing them by Garda Division. The CSO also continues to work with An Garda Síochána to address quality issues in the underlying data sources used to compile the statistics.
For the Deputy's information, the number of public order offences recorded across the State from 2015 up to Q2 of 2021 are available at cso.ie/en/statistics/crimeandjustice/
For the Deputy's information, the following table provides a breakdown of public order offences recorded by Garda Region from 2015 to end of Quarter 2 of 2021.

Public Order Offences Dublin Metropolitan Region North Western Region Eastern Region Southern Region
2015Q1 2677 1476 1390 2062
2015Q2 3128 1514 1535 2291
2015Q3 2946 1742 1571 2376
2015Q4 3037 1736 1527 2258
2015 Total 11788 6468 6023 8987
2016Q1 2266 1655 1388 1841
2016Q2 2092 1557 1356 1991
2016Q3 2321 1755 1406 2079
2016Q4 2409 1665 1470 1959
2016 Total 9088 6632 5620 7870
2017Q1 2401 1438 1318 1846
2017Q2 2660 1688 1476 2130
2017Q3 2781 1750 1604 2143
2017Q4 2681 1723 1559 1984
2017 Total 10523 6599 5957 8103
2018Q1 2342 1481 1199 1885
2018Q2 2714 1773 1490 2231
2018Q3 2553 1876 1653 2374
2018Q4 2809 1809 1627 2149
2018 Total 10418 6939 5969 8639
2019Q1 2598 1580 1485 1801
2019Q2 2779 1799 1626 2139
2019Q3 2878 1974 1638 2176
2019Q4 2677 1909 1482 1855
2019 Total 10932 7262 6231 7971
2020Q1 2520 1403 1273 1602
2020Q2 3052 1389 1348 1700
2020Q3 3175 1552 1471 1988
2020Q4 2741 1202 1100 1520
2020 Total 11488 5546 5192 6810
2021Q1 2479 1135 931 1406
2021Q2 2654 1367 1329 1780
2021 Total to date 5133 2502 2260 3186