Almost 500 incidents of domestic abuse have been recorded across the Mayo Garda division since the start of this year.

Nationally, Gardai have dealt with an average of nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents every day this year.

New figures show 24,686 incidents were reported to Gardai between the 1st January and the 9th September.

These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring order.

Over a third of the incidents were in the Dublin region, involving just under 9,000 cases.

Galway recorded 1,074 cases with 473 incidents of domestic abuse in Mayo, 471 in the Sligo / Leitrim Garda division and 656 in Roscommon / Longford.

Noeline Blackwell, from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, says the level of abuse is very concerning. ....