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Ó Snodaigh calls for extra Dáil sitting week to discuss crime measures

7 July, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called for the Dáil to sit next week in order to better scrutinise the Criminal Justice Amendment Bill. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said if this Bill is passed it will lead to lengthy constitutional challenges at a huge cost to the state.

Speaking today 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.” ENDS

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