Garda boss says country to blame for rising crime
GARDA Chief Noirin O'Sullivan (pictured) has slammed Ireland's move towards violence and soaring murder rate.
The acting Garda Commissioner blamed the spike on a decline in Irish society in general.
"I think certainly there is more of rush to violence, I think also in terms of serious injuries," she said.
Murder figures released last week paint a horrifying picture of Irish crime.
Between March of last year and the same month this year there were 60 murders in the country - almost one a week.
The figures show a rise of over a third on the same period last year.
Ms O'Sullivan said that the surge in violent crimes could not be blamed on organised criminals alone.
She told a parliamentary watchdog: "The increase in homicides is not attributable to organised crime but it certainly is attributable to more of a propensity to violence."