9 July 2009 Edition
Call for end to Garda recruitment ban in wake of latest murder
Wayne Doherty was shot outside his parents’ home in Hartstown last Saturday night. Gardaí say it appears that a group had arrived at Oakview Way to attack another person who lived on the road but shot Doherty when he confronted them. The 32-year-old married father of two died in hospital.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh condemned the killing and extended sympathies to his family friends and neighbours.
“The government must respond to this latest murder by lifting Garda recruitment, promotion and overtime bans and by correctly resourcing Gardaí by making appropriate training and technologies available including secure digital radio and surveillance equipment”, the Dublin South central TD said.
“It is essential that communities assist Gardaí in their efforts and are properly protected when doing so. All of this is imperative if we are to effectively face-down gangland crime”, he added.
Meanwhile, Ó Snodaigh has called for the Dáil to sit next week in order to better scrutinise the Criminal Justice Amendment Bill.
LITTLE TIME FOR SCRUTINY
Speaking on Tuesday he said:
“The Minister for Justice is seeking to rush this Bill, with all its fundamental changes to our Justice system, through the Dáil in just one week, leaving very little time for scrutiny, debate and amendments. If the Bill is passed it will undoubtedly result in lengthy constitutional challenges at massive cost to the state.
“Rather than rushing the Bill through before the summer recess this week the Dáil should reconvene next week in order to give greater scrutiny to the Bill and to have a lengthier debate in its implications for our society.
“I have tabled a number of amendments to the Bill which I will push to have included today. My amendments include the removal of the most odious parts of the Bill such as non-jury trials and reliance on the word of gardaí and Garda hearsay.
“However, with such little time to discuss each of the amendments tabled, I fear the Minister will simply force the Bill through as it is. This would be a huge mistake and I would urge him to reconsider his whole approach to this Bill.”