Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2005

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Crime Levels

5:00 pm

Photo of Trevor SargentTrevor Sargent (Dublin North, Green Party)
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Question 181: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of serious crimes (details supplied) using firearms which took place during 2003 or during the latest year for which figures are available; the number of these which were carried out with legally held firearms; the number with previously legally held firearms which had been stolen from their owners; and the number carried out with firearms which were not legally held at any time here. [2322/05]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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I wish to inform the Deputy that the number of offences recorded in 2003 in which a firearm was used are outlined in the following table:

Year Murders Manslaughter Robberies Aggravated burglaries Possession of a firearm Discharge of a firearm
2003 20 0 251 62 374 210

A breakdown of the offences by reference to whether or not the weapon used was legally held is not readily available and could only be obtained by a disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and resources.


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