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Twenty-three killed by assault in Ireland 17.08.19

TWENTY-THREE people died after being assaulted in Ireland in a single year, new figures show.
The 23 assault-related deaths, including 22 males and one female, occurred in 2016 a rise of two on the previous year.
However, the number represents a drop compared to previous years. Twenty-eight assault-related deaths were reported in 2011; 41 in 2012; 26 in 2013 and 32 in 2014.
The highest number of assault-related deaths in the EU in 2016 were in Germany (390 deaths); Italy (364); France (317); Poland (285) and Spain (282).
However, when population size is accounted for, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia returned the highest rates.
Ireland's rate stood at 0.5 assault deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. The UK reported the overall lowest rate, of 0.1 deaths per 100,000 people, while the average EU rate was 0.6 deaths per 100,000.
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia reported assault-death rates of 4.6, 3.6 and 2.7 per 100,000, respectively all slightly down on 2015.
The figures were published yesterday by European statistics body Eurostat and show a continuing fall in assault-related deaths across the EU.
There were 3,300 assault-related deaths out of 5.1 million total EU deaths in 2015. The majority of those killed were men (65%).
"Death is due to assault if it results from homicide or injuries inflicted by another person with intent to injure or kill. Deaths related to legal interventions and war are excluded," the report notes.
"In 2002, the first year for which data (is) available, the rate stood at 1.3 per 100,000 persons and has steadily decreased since then, reaching 0.6 per 100,000 in 2016."
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