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825. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Justice the number of crimes (details supplied) that have been recorded during the pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17267/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy is aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of all crime statistics. The CSO produces these statistics using data recorded on An Garda Síochána’s PULSE system and makes regular releases under reservation in relation to various crime statistics, including recorded and detected crime, and listing them by Garda Division. The CSO also continues to work with An Garda Síochána to address quality issues in the underlying data sources used to compile the statistics.
The particular breakdown sought by the Deputy is not available, as there is no classification on the CSO database for violent murder of women. I have been advised that work arising from the Homicide Review remains ongoing within An Garda Síochána.
To be of assistance, I can advise the Deputy that the total number of murders reported by the CSO in 2020 is 34, a decrease of 2 from 2019's figure.
The Deputy may be further interested to note that the most recent available crime statistics, as published by the Central Statistics Office on 29 March 2020, are available at https://data.cso.ie/product/RC.