The Republic’s murder rate has fallen to a two-decade low, according to the latest official crime figures. There were 30 murders last year, down from 52 in 2014; a decline of some 42 per cent.
The murder rate in the Republic, despite perceptions of worsening and even runaway crime, was lower in 2015 than at any time since 1994 when 25 murders were recorded.
Most categories of crime declined last year, though serious sexual assaults and gun crime both increased. There was also a significant increase in the number of murder threats, though the number of homicides fell by one third last year.
Of the 14 main categories the Central Statistics Office collates data under, six showed increases last year with eight falling.
However, the CSO’s crime data only captures crimes that have been recorded to the Garda, meaning the true level of offending is higher than the data suggests.