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Table 6a: Number of Homicides Recorded from 1951-2007.

Year Murder1 Manslaughter2 Total Homicide3 Homicide Rate per 100,000 pop
1951 4 3 7 0.24
1956 4 3 7 -
1961 11 2 13 0.46
1966 7 5 12 -
1971 10 4 14 0.47
1976 19 3 22 -
1981 24 11 35 1.02
1986 14 5 19 -
1991 23 8 31 0.88
1992 25 17 42 -
1993 23 5 28 -
1994 25 7 32 -
1995 43 10 53 -
1996 42 4 46 1.27
1997 38 15 53 1.45
1998 38 13 51 1.38
1999 38 8 46 1.23
2000 39 17 56 1.48
2001 52 6 58 1.51
2002 52 7 59 1.51
2003 37 14 51 1.28
2004 31 14 45 1.11
2005 52 13 65 1.57
2006 60 7 67 1.58
2007 78 6 84 1.80

 

1. Murder here includes 'Infanticide' offences.

2. Manslaughter here does not include 'Manslaughter (Traffic Fatalities)'.

3. Often it is the case that a charge of murder is brought and a verdict of manslaughter is returned. When this occurs, the original offence (murder) is reclassified to reflect the court outcome (manslaughter). Accordingly, Murder/ Manslaughter offences should be treated together in any trend analysis.

(Source: 1951-1986 Crime and Punishment in Ireland: A Statistical Sourcebook; Annual Reports of An Garda Síochána 1991-2002; Central Statistics Office Garda Recorded Crime Statistics 2003-2006 using ICCS; Central Statistics Office Headline Crime Statistics Quarter 4 2007)


 

Table 6b: Murders in which a Firearm was used 1998-2007

Year Murders in which a
firearm was used
Detected Proceedings
Commenced
Convictions
1998 4 3 2 1
1999 12 7 7 5
2000 12 7 3 1
2001 9 5 2 1
2002 10 5 3 1
2003 19 10 3 1
2004 8 7 4 3
2005 22 5 2 2
2006 26 7 5 2
2007 20 6 2 0

 

Note: The detections, proceedings and convictions quoted here will increase over time as Garda investigations are concluded and the number of proceedings commenced are finalised by the courts. Also, it is possible that people arrested may be charged with incidents other than murder in which case the statistics are revised.


(Source: Answer to Parliamentary Question No. 11 on 17/04/08; Accurate to 11/4/08)


 

Table 6c: Murders in which a Knife or Sharp Instrument was used 2000-2007

Year Murders in which a sharp knife
or implement was used
Proceedings Commenced Convictions
2000 9 7 7
2001 20 16 12
2002 24 19 17
2003 8 6 6
2004 11 9 9
2005 18 13 8
2006 23 15 5
2007 36 24 1

 

(Source: Answer to Parliamentary Question No. 551 on 17/04/08; Accurate to 08/3/08)


 

Table 6d: Murder1 Victims by Gender

Year Male Female Total
1994 17 8 25
1995 33 8 41
1996 23 19 42
1997 25 13 38
1998 29 9 38
1999 30 8 38
2000 29 10 39
2001 39 13 52
2002 43 9 52
20031 37 8 45
2004 31 6 37
2005 45 9 54

 

1. Murder here does not include 'Infanticide' offences.

2. Murder figures for 2003-2005 do not agree with table 6a, as all figures in Table 6d are taken from the relevant Garda Síochána Annual Report for that year.

 

Table 6d: Murder Victims by Gender (Percentages)

Year Male Female Total
1994 68% 32% 100%
1995 80% 20% 100%
1996 55% 45% 100%
1997 66% 34% 100%
1998 76% 24% 100%
1999 79% 21% 100%
2000 74% 26% 100%
2001 75% 25% 100%
2002 83% 17% 100%
2003 82% 18% 100%
2004 84% 16% 100%
2005 83% 17% 100%

 

 

N.B. Detailed analyses of the characteristics of homicide in Ireland from 1972-1996 are available in:


Dooley, E. (2001) Homicide in Ireland 1992-1996. Dublin: Department of Justice (PDF, 120 KB)

Dooley, E. (1995) Homicide in Ireland 1972 -1991. Dublin: Department of Justice

(PDF, 11.1 MB)

 


 

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