Written Answers. - Cork Crime Figures.

Peter Barry

Ceist:

123 Mr. Barry asked the Minister for Justice whether the East Riding Garda Division of Cork has had an increase in serious crime in the last five years; if so, the increase in each of those years; and whether these figures apply to Cork city or the complete area.

The information which is readily available relates to recorded indictable crime in Cork City and in the Garda Division of Cork East (which includes Cork City) and is set out for 1986-90, the last five years for which official figures are available, in the tabular statements below:

Cork East Division

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

Offences against the person

237

167

212

166

206

Offences against property with violence

3,311

2,722

2,590

2,846

2,937

Larcenies, etc.

4,383

3,688

4,012

4,274

4,479

Other indictable offences

16

19

12

6

26

Total

7,947

6,596

6,826

7,292

7,648

Cork City

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

Offences against the person

175

118

143

122

140

Offences against property with violence

2,464

2,088

1,923

2,131

2,059

Larcenies, etc.

3,437

2,935

3,257

3,396

3,596

Other indictable offences

3

8

2

1

9

Total

6,079

5,149

5,325

5,650

5,804

A specific plan of action has been drawn up by the Garda authorities to deal with the crime problems being experienced in the Cork area. In this respect I would like to refer the Deputy to the response I gave to a question tabled by Deputy Allen on 19 February 1992 (Official Report, Vol. 415, No. 9, Columns 2465 to 2467) in which I outlined the extent of the measures being taken by the gardaí to deal with the crime situation in the Cork area.