Republic of Ireland’s violent death toll 50 in 2010
Fifity people died violently in the Republic in 2010, with almost a fifth killed in the first month of the year.
Three of the victims were shot dead in the first 10 days of January and another six would die violently before the end of the month
Although the figures for last year are down on the 59 killed in 2009, a disturbing trend of double murders emerged.
The first double killing was on January 10 when Brendan Molyneaux (46) and Paddy Mooney (59) were shot in a flat complex on Dublin's Pearse Street. Mr Mooney was an innocent victim, said to be “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Convicted criminals and brothers Paul (35) and Ken (32) Corbally, from Ballyfermot, Dublin, were murdered on June 28 and the third double killing was in November when first cousins Mark Noonan (23) and Glen Murphy (19) were shot dead at the Clearwater Shopping Centre in Finglas. Gardai believe the pair were innocent victims.
The most heinous crimes of 2010 were considered to be the brutal murders of four children in two separate incidents on November 15.
Sarah Hines (25), Alicia Brough (20), Reece Harper (3) and Amy Harper (five months) were stabbed to death in Newcastle West, Limerick. Ms Hines' former partner has been charged with their murders.
On the same day in Ballycotton, Co Cork, Zoe Butler (7) and Ella Butler (2) were killed by their father, who then took his own life.
A breakdown of the figures show there were 21 shootings and 16 stabbings and eight foreign nationals were killed.