Sunday 15 December 2019

'Non-vulnerable' also require legal provision

In his statement on child abuse, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated that "Minister Shatter is bringing forward . . . legislation . . . to make it an offence to withhold information relating to crimes against children and vulnerable adults."

I realise the legislation has not been drafted, but that statement is worrying. Will it not be a crime to withhold information related to crimes against adults who are not "vulnerable"? Is this State to have different laws for different classes of people?

Would this law not apply to information related to a murder if the victim was middle class? Are not all equal before the law?

Brian Kelly
Athlone, Co Westmeath


Irish Independent

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