Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 483: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour and other crimes that have been reported to the gardaí in O'Connell St. and the immediately surrounding streets, over the past two years; and the number of arrests and charges made in that area and over that time. [23322/07]
Following the submission in 2004 of a report and recommendations by an expert group on crime statistics, it was decided that the compilation and publication of crime statistics should be taken over by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, from the Garda Síochána. The Garda Síochána Act, 2005 consequently makes provision for this and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.
Following the setting up of the necessary technical systems and auditing of the data from which the statistics are compiled, the CSO is now compiling and publishing criminal statistics and has published provisional headline crime statistics since the third quarter of 2006. In addition, it has compiled and published a series of quarterly and annual statistics for the period starting with the first quarter of 2003. I understand that the CSO are examining how the crime statistics published might be expanded and made more comprehensive. I have requested the CSO to provide the statistics sought by the Deputy directly to him.