Ex-justice minister Owen has concerns over new 'mini-CAB'
A former justice minister has said the introduction of a 'mini-CAB' to target low-level criminals could dilute the original purpose of the Criminal Assets Bureau.
Nora Owen, who played an integral part in the establishment of CAB over two decades ago, raised concerns about the foundation of a 'mini-CAB' aimed at criminals in Dublin's north-inner city.
"The Criminal Assets Bureau legislation is national - it's not just for a dozen of the big names we tend to associate with big criminal assets. It's for the whole country... but I would be worried about any diluting of the main Criminal Assets Bureau," Ms Owen said.
The former justice minister, who served from 1994 until 1997, was speaking on UTV's 'Gangland - Community in Fear' programme, which will be broadcast at 7.30pm tonight.