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Friday 20 September 2019

'Public worried about light sentences': Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Tony Gavin
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Tony Gavin newsdesk

There is widespread concern about apparently "light sentences" for child sex abusers, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.

He raised the issue in the Dáil just a day after condemnation of the two-and-a-half-year sentence handed to former sports writer Tom Humphries.

Mr Martin did not mention the high-profile case but asked when the Government would move to update legislation to effectively deal with sexual offences including strong sanctions aimed at protecting children.

"The Government is not responsible for lenient sentences passed by the courts but the public is increasingly worried that convicted criminals, in particular in the area of child abuse, seem to get away with very light sentences," he said.

Irish Independent

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