Friday 9 December 2016

Law and order party loses its reputation

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

'Edna Kenney needs to commit to addressing his party's failings in the justice area if it is returned to office' Photo: RollingNews.ie
'Edna Kenney needs to commit to addressing his party's failings in the justice area if it is returned to office' Photo: RollingNews.ie

'When the law and order party is back in power, the thugs will be out of business.'

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It's a decade since then opposition leader Enda Kenny made this pledge at Fine Gael's 73rd ard fheis in the Citywest Hotel in Dublin in May 2006. The delegates whooped and hollered in agreement with his promise of a clampdown on criminals.

Mr Kenny used one of his celebrated folksy tales to illustrate the fear of crime when he spoke of a meeting with a woman who was afraid to open her door after dark.

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