Figures from the CSO show a decrease in crime figures in all but two of the major offence groupings from April to June this year compared to the same period in 2012.

Sexual offences fell 7.9% year-on-year, attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences fell 10.2% while dangerous and negligent acts fell 15.6%.

Murders and manslaughters were down, but there was an increase of 1.5% in the homicide rate overall because of the 25% increase in dangerous driving causing death.

While robbery was also down, there was an increase in blackmail, extortion and robberies from people.

Burglaries dropped by 8.9% but incidents of aggravated burglaries where violence was used increased by over 3%.

Theft and related offences rose 0.8%, with theft from person offences up by 33.4% to 5,729.

Elsewhere controlled drug offences fell 12.6%, and weapons and explosives offences fell 13.9%.

The figures also include a breakdown of crimes as reported at garda stations and divisions, with the Dublin stations recording most crimes.

However, stations in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford also feature prominently.

Garda Commissioner satisfied with figures

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he is satisfied with the latest crime statistics.

Mr Callinan said gardaí are working very hard with the public to inculcate a sense of responsibility when it comes to public order.

He said it would be impossible to ban sharp objects or knives from society, but gardaí would work hard and people had decisions to make on how they behave.

Commenting on reports that there was a difficulty resourcing a fleet of garda motorbikes in Dublin, the commissioner said it was not the case that there were no bikes on the road in Dublin.

He said there are days when cars and bikes are off the road for maintenance, but it was not true to say there are no bikes on the road.

He paid tribute to the sustained garda drive against burglars that is coordinated under Operation Fiacla and focused on identifying and targeting mobile gangs involved in burglaries.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter paid tribute to gardaí and in particular Operation Fiacla.

He also highlighted the reduction in weapons, drugs and kidnapping offences.

He said: "The figures show that those involved in criminal gangs and the evil drugs trade which they ply are being robustly opposed and this will continue as long as they pose a threat to our communities."