Written Answers. - Crime Levels.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

840 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of shootings that have taken place in the past 12 months; the number of perpetrators who have been apprehended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2259/99]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following statistics set out the position for offences recorded in 1998 where the discharge of a firearm resulted in injury (including fatal) to a person:

Recorded:

20

Detected:

11

Offenders:

15

Proceedings Commenced:

8

I understand that the law officer's directions are awaited in a further two cases.
I am also informed that four of the 20 cases recorded involved fatal injury.