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Over 250,000 crimes committed by people out on bail over last 10 years

Crime DeskBy Sean Nolan
89 murders were committed by people out on bail over the last decade
89 murders were committed by people out on bail over the last decade

The level of offending by those out on bail has been exposed thanks to Central Statistics Office data obtained by TD Noel Grealish.

The Galway West TD revealed the numbers as he spoke in Dail yesterday and the number of serious offences committed by those out on bail is truly shocking.

“From 2006 to 2015, people on bail were responsible for 89 murders, 237 serious sexual offences, more than 50,000 thefts and the same number of public order offences, and more than 18,000 burglaries,” Grealish said, also revealing the total number of offences committed over the 10 years was a staggering 250,149.

He also revealed that figures for last year showed 26,000 offences by those out on bail, an increase of 11 per cent and that figures for the first three months of this year showed that 6,049 offences had been carried out by suspects out on bail.

“That is the equivalent of 500 crimes a week being carried out in Ireland by people who have already been charged with a criminal offence for which they are awaiting their day in court," added Grealish.

“These are people apprehended by the Gardaí, brought in, charged, and then released while a file is sent to the DPP. That file could be with the DPP for months, and in the meantime, these people are reoffending 

“This is very, very frustrating for the Garda Síochána and it is exceptionally upsetting for the people who are victims of the crime, who can see the criminal walking down their street, making them feel intimidated and in fear.”

Reform of Ireland's bail laws has been an ongoing issue for years but any significant changes have yet to take place.