Irish Murders On The Rise

Ireland is becoming a more dangerous place as the number of murders and manslaughters has increased.

Killings are up by more than 25% on last year, according to the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) crime figures.

There were 84 murders and manslaughters last year, 17 more than 2006, an increase of more than 25%.

Threats of and attempts to murder were also up by more than 61% last year to 166.

But it's not just violent crime that is on the rise: drugs offences rose by more than 21% to over 4,400, the largest increase in drug trafficking yet.

Incidents of fraud were also up by over 38%,

However, on a brighter note, recorded sexual offences were down 10% while there were also decreases in assaults, burglaries, and robberies.

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy insisted that the increase in the drugs figures illustrated the high levels of police activity that are focused on these issue.


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