The Council was established by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, initially on a non-statutory basis. The Council had a broad mandate to provide a forum for the development, expression and contribution of a wide range of views on anti-crime strategies and policies and to raise public knowledge and awareness of crime.
The Council produced reports on Crime Trends in Ireland 1950-1998, on Public Order Offences, on a Crime Prevention Strategy with a particular focus on local county and community involvement, a landmark study on all aspects of domestic abuse towards women and men, research into the time intervals which occur in the investigation and prosecution of the offences of murder and rape and an examination of the potential benefits of the introduction of Community Courts into Ireland. The 2008 programme of the Council also featured an in-depth focus on the multiple dimensions of the 'Fear of Crime' in Ireland.
Hard copies of most of these publications are obtainable through the Government Publication Sales Offices, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth Street. Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 6710309
The National Crime Council was funded by the Department of Justice, Equality
and Law Reform. Its total funding for 2008 was €576,000.