Sentencing is a disaster
Madam -- I was extremely disappointed by Elaine Byrne's gross misrepresentation of my position on the Paul Begley garlic tax case. I have never been soft on white-collar crime and all I challenged was the severity of the six-year jail sentence when violent criminals have been given less.
I have always said Mr Begley should pay his debt to society. He paid the penalties, and some sort of community service would have been better for our justice system and for the 200 staff he employs.
The late Tony Gregory and I have always supported restorative justice schemes or community service for non-violent offenders. Sadly, some of the recent sentencing has been a disaster. The public are dismayed by the lack of fairness and balance.