CSO figures show rise in homicides and sexual offences

New figures show an increase in sexual offences, homicides and controlled drug offences.

The Central Statistics Office data reveals that there has been a 6.6% increase in the number of sexual offences up to the end of September, compared to the same period last year.

According to the CSO, there has been a significant drop in burglaries, while robbery, extortion and hijacking offences along with fraud and deception are also down.

The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, highlighted the 31% drop in burglaries.

The Tánaiste said: "An Garda Síochána continue to achieve impressive results in their sustained drive against burglars under Operation Thor, which is powered by increased resources provided by the Government and supported by new legislation which I introduced this time last year, targeting repeat burglary offenders.

"Burglary is a terrible and invasive crime and we will continue this crackdown to ensure the safety and security of people in their homes all over Ireland."

However, she also echoed recent calls from the Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority, following the 6.1% increase in drink-driving offences.

Ms Fitzgerald said: "It is simply not acceptable for anyone to drink and drive. No one can say they are unaware of the potential consequences.

"No more families should have to needlessly experience this time of year as one of great sadness and loss because of drink-driving."

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