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Ireland. 2009 ‘Crime Statistics.’ DoJ Annual Report 2008, p. 13. Dublin: Department of Justice. 1 March
The statistics for recorded crime in 2008 published by the Central Statistics Office used for the first time for annual statistics the new Irish Crime Classification System, which provides for fuller information than the statistics previously published.
The statistics show encouraging trends in a number of significant areas:
- There was a significant drop of 43% in homicide offences in 2008.
- The number of cases of murder and manslaughter offences recorded fell from 84 in 2007 to 52 in 2008, a decrease of 38%…
- The number of cases of discharging a firearm decreased by 31%. While the number of cases of possession of a firearm increased by 8%, this is due primarily to increased Garda activity to combat this.