Drug crime had highest detection rate at 85% while for homicides it was 72%
Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda

Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda

Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda

Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda

Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda

Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda
Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda
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Only one in ten sexual offences reported to the Garda last year have been solved, new data from the Central Statistics Office reveals.

The detection rate for sex crimes, of 11 per cent, is the lowest of any crime type. In other crime categories the Garda has a much better record, with detection rates of up to 85 per cent.

The highest rate of detection, at 85 per cent, is for drugs offences. The detection rate for murder-manslaughter is 72 per cent.

The figures form part of new CSO recorded crime detection statistics published on Tuesday. The CSO suspended publication of such data in 2016 due to concerns over the accuracy of record keeping by the Garda.

The detection rates by the end of August this year for crimes reported to the Garda in 2018 were as follows:

* Controlled drug offences: 85 per cent;

* Dangerous or negligent acts: 84 per cent;

* Public order and other social code offences: 81 per cent;

* Homicide and related offences: 75 per cent;

* Weapons and explosives offences: 75 per cent;

* Offences against government, justice procedures and organisation of crime: 58 per cent;

* Kidnapping and related offences: 33 per cent;

* Theft and related offences: 33 per cent;

* Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments: 32 per cent;

* Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences: 26 per cent;

* Fraud, deception and related offences: 21 per cent;

* Damage to property and to the environment: 19 per cent;

* Burglary and related offences: 16 per cent;

* Sexual offences: 11 per cent.

Under crime counting rules in place for decades, Garda members had total discretion in marking a crime as “detected”, or solved, on the force’s Pulse crime database. That discretion meant that even for those offences where no suspect was ever charge or even arrested, they could be recorded as “detected”.

However, as part of a process by the CSO and Garda to improve the Garda’s crime counting and classification systems, new criteria must be met before a crime being investigated by the Garda could be marked as “detected”.

Under the new system a crime can only be marked as detected if some form or sanction has been imposed on an offender.

Once the criteria is met, the crime database on which crimes are inputted automatically classifies those offences as “detected”. Gardaí can no longer manually access a record of a crime and change an offence to detected.

CSO statistician Sam Scriven said: “The decision to resume publication of crime detection statistics now is based on ongoing demand for these statistics from users and, importantly, in response to new data governance controls introduced by An Garda Síochána specifically targeted at improving data quality in the recording of detections.

“The new governance controls support more reliable data outputs.

“However, It is important for users to understand, however, that the improved data quality constitutes a significant break-in-series for measuring crime detection rates in Ireland. Therefore 2018 detection rates published today cannot be compared with figures published from before this change.”

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Only 11% of sex crimes reported in 2018 were solved by Garda

Beef taskforce begins roundtable talks aimed at resolving dispute

Beef taskforce begins roundtable talks aimed at resolving dispute

Roundtable talks aimed at resolving a major dispute between beef farmers and processing factories over prices began in the Department of Agriculture on Tuesday morning.

The talks include department officials and representatives from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), the industry group Meat Industry Ireland (MII), and the grassroots group Beef Plan Movement.

The taskforce is chaired by former department secretary general Michael Dowling and began at 9am. The taskforce was agreed to be set up to work towards reforms in the beef sector as part of previous negotiations aimed at ending farmer protests at meat factories around the country.

Last week farmers blockaded Dublin city centre as part of the ongoing protest over the lack of progress on demanded reforms in the sector and improvements in beef prices for farmers.

The beef taskforce talks had been due to begin in October, but the initial meeting failed to go ahead following protests by farmers over the fact injunctions remained in place against two farmers who had blockaded processing factories.

The country-wide protests blocking the entrances of meat factories essentially shut down the processing industry, and led to companies running the plants to seek injunctions against individual farmers.

Blockades

Two farmers who continued to face injunctions were involved in blockades at C&D Foods, a pet food factory in Co Longford owned by Larry Goodman’s ABP Group. Last week C&D Foods, which is itself not a member of MII, applied to strike out injunctions it had sought against the farmers.

Following this move the beef taskforce reconvened for its first meeting on Tuesday, which sources said is not expected to be as tense as previous negotiations between farmer representatives and MII.

The roundtable talks are scheduled to last until the afternoon.

The set-up of the taskforce is similar in nature to the “beef forum” set up by then-minister for agriculture Simon Coveney in 2014, which discussed farmers concerns over beef prices but made little headway to resolve grievances.

In a statement ahead of the new discussions, IFA president Joe Healy said increases in price for cattle must be top of the group’s agenda.

“We need to see real progress on the independent review of market and customer requirements, specifically in relation to the four in-spec bonus criteria currently in operation in the Irish beef sector,” he said.

“The independent examination of the price composition of the total value of the animal, including the fifth quarter, along the supply chain needs to be progressed,” he said.

'On yer bike' if you don't follow rules of the road, says 85-year-old racing cyclist

'On yer bike' if you don't follow rules of the road, says 85-year-old racing cyclist

An 85-year-old record-holding cyclist has urged other bikers to observe the rules of the road to stay safe this winter.

Patsy Fitzsimons from Navan, Co Meath, holds a national record in the 85 age category with the Irish Veteran Cycling Association.

Patsy cycles almost 65 kilometers twice a week before heading out to compete in an 80km event most Sundays during the racing season.

The octogenarian mainly sticks to the back roads when out training to avoid heavy traffic but says he has seen leisure cyclists taking unnecessary risks.

"The roads are much more dangerous now than when I was starting out and I tend to stick to back roads mostly but you have to observe the rules of the road," he said.

Most racing cyclists will observe the rules but I have seen cyclists breaking red lights, cycling on footpaths or more than two abreast on roads.

"That's just dangerous behaviour and it's not right."

However, his daughter Laureen admits that she worries when he's out training.

"My heart skips a beat every time he goes out but I know he's long enough out on the roads now that he'll be okay. But he won't carry a mobile phone with him as he says it adds weight and would slow him down so if he ever goes missing, God knows where we'd start looking for him," she said

The father of two, who has never been in hospital overnight, is also an advocate of the flu vaccine to keep him illness free.

"I got the flu vaccine last year and was cold and flu free all through winter so I'd highly recommend it and will definitely be getting it again."

The fit pioneer man started racing in 1956 with Navan Road Club and won a number of races over the years.

Such is his love of cycling that he went to a family wedding in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, a decade ago and insisted on cycling home the next day.

"I bought my first second-hand racing bike in 1952 and it cost me 20 pound. Nowadays, you can pay up to €10,000 for one.

"I love being out in the fresh air and I love the thrill of trying to better my time. I'd recommend it to anyone.

"However, you have to train. If you don't train hard, you've no business racing and you should stick to the leisure events.

"I've also my wife Olive to hugely thank for supporting me through the years and taking care of my dirty training gear after I come back from a cycle," he laughed.

Navan Road Club member Niall Doggett described Patsy as 'inspirational' adding, "everyone in the club holds him in such high regard. If I'm still cycling at his age, I'll be a happy man."

Patsy is now gearing up to take part in the Navan Road Race charity cycle in aid of St Vincent de Paul on Christmas Day and will also take part in a 24-hour roller cycle in aid of ARC Cancer Care in Navan this Thursday which will also remember Meath cyclist Sean Lynch who died in a cycle race last year.

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