141. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of incidents of criminal damage recorded in each area in the Dublin metropolitan region in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6167/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of the official recorded crime statistics. The Deputy will be aware that the CSO has not yet published crime statistics for 2017 as there is an process ongoing to review Garda homicide statistics. However, I am advised that the CSO intends to publish the crime statistics ‘under reservation’ for 2017 in the second quarter of this year.