Written Answers. - Crime Statistics.

514.

asked the Minister for Justice the amount of money stolen in armed robberies in each of the past five years; and the number of armed robberies that have taken place.

Limerick East): It is assumed that the question is intended to include those crimes which are commonly regarded as armed robberies but which are technically aggravated burglaries.

Statistics of armed robberies and aggravated burglaries involving the use of firearms for the five years ending December 1982 are as follows:

Year

No. of crimes

Amount stolen

£

1978

254

2,211,419

1979

252

1,993,589

1980

240

1,478,152

1981

387

1,494,815

1982

390

3,188,998

515.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of murders committed in this country in each of the past 20 years; and the number of murders that remain unsolved.

Limerick East): The number of crimes classified as murder by the Garda Síochána in each year from 1963 to 1982 are set out in the tabular statement below.

A total of 79 murders remain unsolved of which 33 relate to the car bomb explosions in Dublin and Monaghan town in 1974.

Number of Murders 1963-1982

Year

Number of Murders

1963

4

1964

6

1965

7

1966

7

1967

8

1968

10

1969

6

1970

11

1971

9

1972

22

1973

21

1974

51

1975

23

1976

19

1977

25

1978

15

1979

22

1980

21

1981

24

1982

24

Note: The figures shown for the years 1963 to 1974, inclusive, are for the 12 months ended 30 September in each case. In the period from 1 October to 31 December 1974, there were five murders. From 1975 onwards the figures are in respect of the calendar year.