Murders have doubled - but is Ireland really more dangerous?

The number of murders in the Republic has almost doubled in a 12-month period, according to new Central Statistic Office figures. The figures also show there were more reported assaults and more incidents of shoplifting. Reported sexual crimes are holding steady at a much higher level than they were five years ago. So is Ireland becoming more dangerous? It's not that simple, says Crime and Security Editor Conor Lally, who explains the factors behind some of the statistics.

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