Written Answers. - Missing Persons.

Bernard Allen

Question:

511 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 105 of 30 January 2001, he will supply information regarding the number of people who went missing here each year since 1980 and to date in 2001; if these figures are available; and if he will supply the figures. [7429/01]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that details in relation to the number of persons reported missing for the year 2000 are not yet available. These figures are currently being compiled and will be published in the Garda annual report in due course. Details in relation to the number of missing persons to date in 2001 are also not yet available.

I am further informed by the Garda authorities that the number of persons reported missing for each of the years from 1981, when statistics began to be compiled, to 1999, are as follows:

Year

Number

1981

1,060

1982

974

1983

884

1984

1,110

1985

1,162

1986

1,264

1987

1,300

1988

1,250

1989

1,231

1990

1,359

1991

1,358

1992

1,497

1993

1,530

1994

1,578

1995

1,658

1996

1,848

1997

1,877

1998

2,015

1999

1,800