Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 05 March, 1997

Written Answers. - Syringe Attacks.

169. Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Justice the number of reported syringe attacks on persons in the Dublin metropolitan area in 1996; if he will give a breakdown for each district in this area; and the comparative figures for 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989 and 1987. [6182/97]

Minister for Justice (Mrs. Owen): I am informed by the Garda authorities that the available information is as follows:

Number of indictable offences in which a syringe was used.

DMA Division

1993

1994

1995

Eastern

1

4

11

North Central

33

76

145

Northern

19

38

79

South Central

66

112

176

Southern

35

94

85

Information for the period prior to 1993 is not readily available.