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Offences Against State Act should be repealed in its entirety - Ó Snodaigh

17 June, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Opposing the motion to renew provisions of the Offences Against the State Acts in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on all Deputies to vote against it and urged Government to instead resource the Gardaí, Forensic Laboratory, DPP and the courts.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The Offences Against the State Act should be repealed in its entirety. The powers and provisions that exist on the criminal law books are more than sufficient.

“Once again I am imploring all Deputies to consider the highly corrosive effect of this legislation on human rights, democratic life and the safety and wellbeing of citizens in this state before voting today.

“While Sinn Féin has been alone in this house in recent years in opposing the Act, that was not always the case. We were rightly and wholeheartedly joined in our opposition to it by the Green party until they threw out all their principles to prop-up Fianna Fáil in Government. We were also joined in our opposition to the Act by the late Tony Gregory who truly valued the concepts of democracy and human rights.

“If the Government really wanted to promote and protect the safety of the public then it would financially and practically resource the Gardaí, the forensic laboratory, the DPP and the courts to enforce ordinary criminal justice legislation. Instead the Minister is proposing the lazy and unsafe continuation of emergency legislation today. “

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