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Robert Dowds,Labour deputy for Dublin Mid-West  at Leinster House

Robert Dowds,Labour deputy for Dublin Mid-West at Leinster House

Robert Dowds,Labour deputy for Dublin Mid-West at Leinster House

The Labour Party is set to debate a bill which proposes tougher sentences for gun possession.

Under the proposals, individuals convicted of possessing a gun with the intent to cause harm would be handed a minimum sentence of 13 years.

The current minimum term is 10 years.

Dublin TD Robert Dowds is also proposing to increase the minimum sentences from five years to seven years for offences such as firearm possession when taking a vehicle without authority.

Mr Dowds said his bill was in response to a number of serious gun-related crimes in the capital in recent months.

"The streets of Dublin must not become a hunting ground for violent criminals, and we must not allow innocent children to become gangland victims," he told colleagues.

"We too must not become de-sensitised to these atrocities just because they have become frequent occurrences."

Irish Independent