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46. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to address the continuing failure of An Garda Síochána to publish the review into homicide figures that was due in June 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5963/18]

47. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the fact that the Central Statistics Office is not in a position to publish homicide statistics provided by An Garda Síochána due to potential misclassification; when he expects to be in a position to publish the review into these cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5750/18]

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Deputy Jim O'Callaghan: In November 2016, senior Garda management was informed of emerging issues in respect of the accuracy of homicide data recorded on the Garda PULSE system. This matter was subsequently brought to the attention of the Policing Authority, which raised it with senior Garda management in April 2017. I am aware that there is serious concern within An Garda Síochána as to the accuracy of homicide data on the PULSE system. Even though these concerns have been brought to the attention of senior Garda management, very little appears to have been done to explore and resolve the problem. Why has the homicide review for the years 2003 to 2017 still not been completed? Is the Minister satisfied that the homicide data maintained by An Garda Síochána is accurate and classified appropriately?