THE CENTRAL STATISTICS Office (CSO) has confirmed that a computer glitch resulted in the small village of Kerrykeel in Donegal being pinpointed as one of the worst areas in the country for crime.
Crime statistics for the second quarter of 2013 were released on Tuesday, including a breakdown of crimes by garda stations across the country on the CSO website.
The newly published figures suggested a significant increase in crimes like fraud, burglary and sexual assault in the village of 400 residents. The statistics were actually those of Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin’s city cenre.
A spokesperson for the CSO told TheJournal.ie that this was caused by “a temporary computer glitch in the outputting”.
“It was brought to our attention that day and was corrected by 1pm on Tuesday – as soon as it was brought to our attention it was immediately fixed,” they said.
The spokesperson said they were not aware of this happening before with crime statistics.
Editor of the Tirconnell Tribune, John McAteer, told the BBC that people in the “sleepy village” of Kerrykeel were “shocked” by the incident.
“This is a very quiet and beautiful place and the mistake has become the talk in local shops and pubs,” he said.