Extract from www.Politics.ie Thread - "How Ireland Was Always Violent"
Originally Posted by Incitatus
Ireland was almost twice as violent in the 19th century. Below are listed the average murder and manslaughter rates per million of population for four ten-year periods since 1845. Going back further, the rates are far higher.
The selective, oft-quoted focus on the statistically unusual mid-20th century period is ahistorical and misleading.
(Incidentally, does anyone know if complete year-by-year statistics can be found online? I haven’t been able to locate them.)
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This is a summary of the number of Homocides (Murder + Manslaughter) from 1951 to 2007 from the Crime Statistics of the National Crime Council:
It is only a summary because Politics.ie does not seem to have any table or tab facility.
The NUMBER of homocides increased more than tenfold. However due to the increase in population the RATE "only" (!) increased from 0.24 to 1.80 per 100,000 population. The number fluctuates over the years and I think it has gone down since 2007. This does NOT mean that we are going to return to the 1950s rate.
Table 6a: Number of Homicides Recorded from 1951-2007.
Year Total Homicide
Often it is the case that a charge of murder is brought and a verdict of manslaughter is returned. When this occurs, the original offence (murder) is reclassified to reflect the court outcome (manslaughter). Accordingly, Murder/ Manslaughter offences should be treated together in any trend analysis.
(Source: 1951-1986 Crime and Punishment in Ireland: A Statistical Sourcebook; Annual Reports of An Garda Síochána 1991-2002; Central Statistics Office Garda Recorded Crime Statistics 2003-2006 using ICCS; Central Statistics Office Headline Crime Statistics Quarter 4 2007)
Apart from 2005 having the highest number of homocides since the Civil War (as per the Sunday Tribune), Ireland had a similar record more recently. On 15 November 2010 a man murdered 2 women and two children in Co. Limerick and in Co. Cork a father murdered his two children and then committed suicide. Apart from the Dublin and Monaghan pub bombings in 1974, this was probably the highest number of homocides in any 24 hour period - also since the Civil War.
In 1974 the underlying crime rate was still fairly low so even THAT terrorist atrocity did not bring the statistics up to the "normal" homocide rate today!