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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Emergency staff assault bill rejected

PROPOSALS for a minimum jail term of five years for anyone who assaults emergency workers like ambulance drivers, gardai and nurses while they work have been rejected.

The Dail bill was tabled by Fianna Fail's Dara Calleary but the Government said it was technically deficient and premature.

Chief Whip Paul Kehoe said the Law Reform Commission is producing a report on mandatory sentencing and Justice Minister Alan Shatter "would not want to pre-empt or pre-judge" its recommendations.

The bill proposed a minimum five-year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening an on-duty garda, nurse, ambulance worker or firefighter.

"My interest in this area came from the death of Garda Robbie McCallion in 2009 while on duty in Letterkenny," Mr Calleary, a Mayo TD, said.

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