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Public Order Offences

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 January 2012

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Questions (354)

Seán Kenny

Question:

377 Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons arrested and charged with public order offences between 22 December 2011 and 3 January 2012 inclusive; the number of persons convicted to date; the number of fixed penalty notices issued during this period; if he will provide same for each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2546/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

Following the submission in 2004 of a report and recommendations by an expert group on crime statistics, it was decided that the compilation and publication of crime statistics should be taken over by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, from An Garda Síochána. The Garda Síochána Act 2005 consequently makes provision for this, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. Following the setting up of the necessary technical systems and auditing of the data from which the statistics are compiled, the CSO is now compiling, publishing and responding to queries regarding recorded crime statistics.

I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy.

I have also requested a report from the Garda authorities regarding the numbers of fixed charge notices issued. I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.

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