The use of force by the gardaí has increased, according to the Commissioner's report to the Policing Authority this month.

The report says there were 118 recorded uses of force involving batons and incapacitant sprays last month compared to 104 incidents in May.

Provisional garda crime figures also released today for the first six months of this year show an increase in fraud, sexual offences and crimes against the person.

Gardai also said they seized €7m worth of drugs in July, bringing the total so far this year to over €37m.

Every month, the Garda Commissioner sends a written report to the Policing Authority which covers the main areas of the work of An Garda Síochána.

Every time a garda is called to an incident and uses any type of force, including putting a hand on someone to restrain them or uses handcuffs, they must report the type of force used within an incident.

More than a thousand (1,149) uses of force by gardaí were recorded last month, bringing the total to almost 6,914 for the year.

The most recent Policing Authority report for last month - published this morning - shows an increase in the use of force involving gardaí, with batons and incapacitant sprays deployed 118 times.

They were used 104 times the previous month.

Pepper sprays were mainly used by gardaí - 95 times in June - with batons used 22 times and a non-lethal firearm used once.

Gardaí did not deploy tasers or lethal firearms at all last month.

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The gardaí mainly used force on the weekends with Friday, Saturday and Sundays accounting for 51% of the occasions, but this represented a 7% decrease from May.

Dublin South Central Division which covers Temple Bar, Harcourt Street and areas for Dublin's night time economy recorded the highest levels of force reported at 11%.

The volume of drugs seized continues to increase. Over €7m of illegal drugs were seized in June, €4.9m of which was cocaine. It brings the total to over €37m for the year.

€300,000 in cash was also recovered in June.

Garda figures published this morning also show an increase in reported crime, with residential burglary up 33% when compared to last year when lockdown was still in place, but down 38% when compared to 2019 before Covid.

There was a significant increase in online frauds such as take over fraud, up 128%, accommodation fraud up 58% and bogus tradesman fraud up 81%.

While there was a small decrease in overall sexual offences, reports of rape were up 23%.

Domestic violence also continued to increase by 13%.

An Garda Síochána said 392 gardaí have been assigned to the specialist Divisional Protective Services Units nationwide.

Crimes against the person also recorded an increase, including murder which was up by 7%, and assaults (including assaults causing harm) up 34%.

Demands for payments of debt were up 50%.

The gardaí also said they received 87 complaints in relation to the investigations into mother-and-baby homes, one more since the previous month.

They said 64 cases have been closed while 23 remain open.