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796. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of reports and convictions for sexual assault or rape there have been in each year since 2015; and the average, longest and shortest sentences given. [16557/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistics agency, is responsible for the publication of official Recorded Crime Statistics and they publish quarterly publications which contain details on criminal incidents by crime type, including sexual offences. They also have a specific publication on Victims & Offenders which contains more detail on victims of sexual offences. Finally, their detections publications bring criminal incidents together with detections for those crimes.
This landing page contains all the data the CSO publishes:
https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/crimeandjustice/
As the Deputy may be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions. This includes the provision of information on the courts system.
To be of assistance, I made enquiries with the Courts Service, who have informed me that statistics relevant to the information sought by the Deputy, insofar as they are available, are set out in the Courts Service Annual Reports which are published on the Courts Service website.
All annual reports are available on - https://www.courts.ie