Written Answers. - Cork Crime Rate.

429.

asked the Minister for Justice if he will make a statement on the crime rate in (i) Cork city and (ii) County Cork in 1974, 1976 and 1980.

The number of indictable offences reported or known to the Garda and the number of detections in the years 1974 and 1976 in (i) Cork city and (ii) County Cork were as follows:

Year

(i) Cork City

(ii) County Cork

Committed

Detected

Committed

Detected

1974

2,527

1,377

1,350

856

1976

3,735

1,761

2,023

1,148

The figures for 1974 relate to the year ended 30 September 1974. The figures for 1976 are in respect of the calendar year.

Crime statistics for 1980 are not yet completed. They are expected to be completed within the next month or two. In these circumstances the question of my making a statement does not arise.