Tuesday 16 January 2018

Government intent on tackling lax bail conditions

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

NEW laws which will see more people refused bail have been announced by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The Fine Gael politician today described crime as the “enemy of every family” in the State and said she is intent on tackling laxed bail conditions.

Speaking at the Fine Gael national conference in Castlebar, Ms Fitzgerald also said she is considering a new Criminal Justice Inspectorate.

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Such a body would incorporate the Garda Inspectorate, the Inspector of Prisons and other agencies including agencies such as the Probation Service.

"Each of the agencies such as the gardaí, the Prison Service and the Probation Services have to work together if we are to succeed," the minister said.

Ms Fitzgerald made the announcement during a discussion entitled ‘Cracking Crime’.

On the issue of burglaries, Ms Fitzgerald said she is considering imposing consecutive sentences for repeat offenders.

"The enemy is crime. The enemy of every family, every neighbourhood, every business - is crime. And crime is like an opportunistic virus. It shifts. It morphs. It provides new and different threats every year," said the Dublin Mid West TD.

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- Niall O'Connor in Castlebar, Co Mayo

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