Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Ceisteanna (205)

Eoin Ryan

Ceist:

265 Mr. Eoin Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the rates of reported crime, the rates of prosecution of reported crime and the rates of conviction in the areas of Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Terenure, each year, from 1997 to date in 2007. [7546/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice)

Headline crime statistics for the Garda Division of Dublin South, which includes the Garda stations of Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Terenure, are contained in the relevant Garda Annual Reports, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

Following the submission to me in 2004 of a report and recommendations by an expert group on crime statistics, I decided that the compilation and publication of crime statistics should be taken over by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, from the 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, I am pleased to note that the CSO is now compiling and publishing criminal statistics and has published provisional headline crime statistics for the third and fourth quarters of 2006. In addition, it has compiled and published a series of quarterly and annual statistics for the period starting with the first quarter of 2003. I understand that the CSO are examining how the crime statistics published might be expanded and made more comprehensive. I have requested the CSO to provide the information sought by the Deputy directly to him.