Homicide rate drops in Ireland as kidnapping offences rise

There were six gun murders last year
There were six gun murders last year

Central Statistics Office figures show a large reduction in the number of murders, manslaughters and death by dangerous driving in Ireland in 2015 compared to the previous 12 months.

Figures released today show that there were 57 homicide offences in Ireland in 2015, compared to 80 in 2014, a drop of 28.8 per cent.

That breaks down as 32 murder or manslaughter offences and 25 deaths caused by dangerous driving.

There were six gun murders last year.

However, a number of other types of violent crime are on the increase.

Threats of murder offences increased by over 40 per cent while assaults rose by over 11 per cent.

The biggest spike in the CSO figures was in kidnapping offences.

Kidnapping and related offences rose by 25 per cent to 155 in 2015 while false imprisonment offences went up by an alarming 75 per cent.

Sexual offences are also up by 15 per cent, with 2,361 offences recorded in 2015, more than six a day.

The official figures also show a small drop in robbery and burglary offences, drug offences and explosives offences.