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Ó Snodaigh appeals for more time to debate Criminal Justice Bill

9 July, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has appealed again to the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern to hear the reasoned arguments in opposition to the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009 and at the very least provide more time for a detailed debate on it. Deputy Ó Snodaigh also called on the Labour Party and all progressive voices in the Dáil to stand in opposition to the regressive measures contained in the Bill.

Speaking before the Bill is again debated in the Dáil this evening Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The Minister should stop ignoring the reasoned arguments against this Bill and listen to the concerns of all opposition parties around the manner in which he is rushing it through the Dáil.

“The Minister should not only hear my concerns but should listen to the more than one hundred and thirty practising barristers and solicitors, both prosecution and defence, who have publicly aired their opposition to this Bill and asked at the very least that the Minister allow more time for a proper detailed debate on it.

“I would urge all TDs in the Dáil who know the true meaning of being tough on crime while respecting the democratic safeguards contained in our justice system to stand together in opposition to the regressive and ultimately ineffective measures contained in this Bill. I would particularly call on the Labour Party to be true to their core values and oppose this Bill.” ENDS

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