There has been a sharp increase in the number of people killed in knife attacks this year with a lesser rise in the number of people killed in gun attacks.
According to garda figures in the violent death list, 22 people have been killed in knife attacks so far this year compared with 15 in 2008.
It comes in a year in which gardaí launched a massive campaign to tackle knife crime and the Government introduced tough penalties for those found in possession of a knife.
Twenty two have been been killed in gun attacks in 2009.
That is compared with 21 last year.
According to the figures, there has been 55 murders in total in 2009.