Ferris calls for more action to tackle rise in burglaries
Sinn Féin TD for North Kerry/West Limerick Martin Ferris has called for more action to be taken to tackle the serious escalation in burglaries. While the Sinn Féin Deputy welcomed the protection of homeowners contained in the new Criminal Law Bill, he contrasted that with the failure of the Government to ensure a better Garda response, particularly in the light of budget constraints.
Deputy Ferris said:
"I welcome section 5 of the Bill which provides that injuries inflicted by a householder within the parameters of this Bill will not give rise to civil liability as long as the trespasser had criminal intent.
“However, I also note that the main thrust of the Bill simply reiterates the law as it currently stands and that the Minister needs to take real action to tackle burglaries and crime. The Gardai have been hampered in that effort by the recruitment embargo and the failure to civilianise Garda administration.
“Only last week I spoke at a Joint Policing Meeting about the rise in the level of burglaries in my own constituency and the fact that many of the victims are people living in isolated areas. While anything which provides more protection for them is to be welcomed, it is unlikely anything will change unless more action is taken by the state at community and street level.” ENDS