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Quinlivan criticises Collins intervention on behalf of convicted drug dealer

19 June, 2014

Sinn Féin Limerick City Councillor Maurice Quinlivan has questioned the judgement of Fianna Fail Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins TD after it emerged he wrote a letter to a judge on behalf of a convicted drug dealer.

Cllr Quinlivan said: “I am concerned that Niall Collins wrote a letter to a judge pleading for a convicted drug dealer not to be jailed.

"I would question the judgement of any politician who thinks it acceptable to write letters to judges on how they might sentence convicted drug dealers.

"Does anybody seriously want drug criminals thinking that the way to avoid jail is simply to have Niall Collins or another TD write to the judge?”

"Niall Collins’s intervention is a slap in the face for the hardworking Gardai who devoted considerable time and resources to this case and to the local communities who have suffered at the hands of Limerick’s drug gangs.

"There is outrage at this revelation among local communities that have been ravaged by drugs.

"I believe that, at the very least, Niall Collins should issue an apology for his ill-judged and inappropriate intervention.”

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