Written Answers. - Unsolved Murders.

Gay Mitchell

Question:

162 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice the number of murders which has not been solved in each of the years from 1983 to 1993; the number of murders committed in each of these years; and if she will make a statement on the steps being taken to pursue these outstanding procedures. [2003/94]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information sought is as follows:

Year

Number of murders committed

Number of murders not solved

1983

26

6

1984

21

1

1985

25

7

1986

14

1

1987

29

10

1988

20

1

1989

16

1

1990

16

2

1991

14

3

1992

20

5

1993

22

3

When a murder is reported, the gardaí put in place certain procedures for the investigation of the crime. The aim of the investigation is to find the perpetrator and bring him or her before the courts. If, at the end of this exhaustive and detailed procedure, there is insufficient evidence to support the institution of proceedings, the investigation is scaled down. However, if further information becomes subsequently available, it is, of course, pursued with the aim of bringing the case to a successful conclusion.