136. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of crimes that were recorded in which the suspected offenders were on bail, in 2015, 2016 and 2017, by category of crime involved, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7603/18]
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. I have forwarded a copy of the Deputy's query to the CSO for direct reply in respect of the 2015 and 2016 figures.
The Deputy will be aware that the CSO has not yet published crime statistics for 2017 as there is a process ongoing to review Garda homicide statistics. However, I am advised that the CSO intends to recommence the publication of the 2017 crime statistics ‘under reservation’ in the second quarter of this year and so the remainder of the figures sought by the Deputy will become available at that stage.