Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, has described the news that a further two Anglo executives have received sentences of community service as “a slap in the face for the Irish people.”
“The Irish people have not been able to avoid the sentence of economic disaster and financial distress handed down as a result of the banking collapse. A sentence of community service is yet another slap in the face for ordinary people.
“The vast majority of people believe that those who are convicted of white collar crime will nearly always receive lenient punishments. These sentences would support that view. It is clear that we need to see an urgent review of legislation relating to white collar crime.
“We have seen in the past that if someone cannot pay their TV licence, they’ve faced jail sentences and often served those sentences. People have been sent to prison for unpaid fines. People in financial hardship, who chose to feed and clothe their children instead of paying such fines, have also faced sentences.
“It is one rule for the golden circles and another rule for everybody else.”