Fine Gael reforming bail laws to prevent crime in Clare – BREEN

July 24th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare Deputy and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. says that the Government’s new Bail Bill will seek to address and prevent crime in Clare. Deputy Breen was speaking as 97 new recruits graduated from the Garda training college in Templemore, which Fine Gael reopened after Fianna Fáil shut it down.

“It is my firm belief that we must have a visible and effective policing service for families, businesses and communities in Clare.

“Despite the economic crisis we inherited from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael in Government has placed a firm emphasis on strong and efficient policing.

“This new Bail Bill will seek to improve the operation of the bail system and protect the public.

“The proposed changes provide for courts giving reasons for bail decisions and the District Court power to refuse bail where there is an appeal against a sentence of imprisonment. At present, the District Court cannot refuse bail when such an appeal is lodged. It would also provide for restrictions on post-conviction bail in cases where a custodial sentence is likely to be, or has been, imposed. There are proposed changes to the electronic monitoring or tagging of persons on bail too.

“In Government, Fine Gael’s response to crime is focused on recruiting more Gardaí and strengthening the law to get tougher on serious and repeat offenders. We’ve reopened Templemore after Fianna Fáil closed it and 97 new recruits have just graduated and entered the Garda force.”

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