Monday 5 December 2016

Soft on crime: SF to drop terror law

Garda chief puts armed units on streets

Paul Williams, Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle

Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30

Armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in north inner city Dublin after Gerry Hutch Snr's death. PA
Armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in north inner city Dublin after Gerry Hutch Snr's death. PA

Sinn Féin wants to repeal the country's most powerful anti-terror laws, despite the two cold-blooded murders that have shocked the nation.

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As heavily armed gardaí patrol the capital, Gerry Adams committed to removing legislation outlawing membership of illegal organisations, intimidation of the government and the establishment of kangaroo courts, if the party gets into power.

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins accused Sinn Féin of being "soft on crime". "It confirms my view that Sinn Féin are a dangerous cult and not a credible political party. People are simply disgusted at their stance on the Special Criminal Court and the Offences Against the State Act and this confirms they are completely unfit for government."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night described the Sinn Féin proposal as "the anathema of the laws of democracy and good justice in this country".

And now the garda response to the gangland warfare in Dublin is causing tensions within the Coalition. Labour Party minister Jan O'Sullivan has undermined Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald by warning that Dublin gardaí must "get more in control" of gangsters who are "outwitting the forces of law and order".

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan will now set up a permanent armed response unit in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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