Tuesday 19 September 2017

Editorial: Politicians should leave law to the judiciary

Niall Collins,Fianna Fail deputy for Limerick at Leinster House yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Niall Collins,Fianna Fail deputy for Limerick at Leinster House yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke

THE furore over Fianna Fail justice spokesperson Niall Collins's letter to court on behalf of a convicted drug dealer has led to renewed calls for the abolition of any representation by politicians in such matters. His decision to write a letter to a judge on behalf of the father of four whose wife died in tragic circumstances was humane if politically naive.

Mr Collins has explained that he wrote the letter because he feared that the man's children will be taken into care if he is sent to prison.

Because the letter was sent as part of the sentencing hearing, it did not directly interfere in the administration of justice.

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