405. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the overall crime level has risen since 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13260/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. The most recent multi-annual overview published by the CSO covers the period 2008-2012 and reported reductions in 10 of the 16 crime categories listed over that period. The annual figures published by CSO for 2013 report reductions in 11 out of the 14 categories featured in the annual statistics. Within this broad overall trend, certain categories of offences have fluctuated over time.
The Deputy will also be aware that following on the Report of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate on Crime Investigation, the CSO is to carry out a detailed analysis of certain issues raised in the Inspectorate Report to see whether and to what extent they may have implications for the official crime statistics which that Office produces. The CSO has previously indicated that this process has resulted in a delay in publishing the official statistics for 2014.