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Criminal Justice Bill on its own not enough - McLellan

31 May, 2011

Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan has today emphasised the importance of a comprehensive approach to addressing the problem of white collar crime, but stressed that on its own the Criminal Justice Bill will not deliver the necessary results.

Speaking on the Criminal Justice Bill in the Dáil this afternoon Deputy McLellan said:

"Prompt action against perpetrators of white collar crime is of the utmost importance if public confidence is to be maintained. It has tarnished the name of this House and sullied the name of public representatives right across this state. For many years there has been an obvious absence of political will to challenge the corrupt behaviour which has plagued big business and politics in Ireland.

“This cannot continue. The Bill before the House today can play some role in ensuring that this issue is addressed and I welcome any measures which speed up the prosecution of white collar crime. I will stress though, that on its own, this Bill will not be enough.

“Gardaí, for instance, who will have strengthened investigative powers, as granted in this Bill, will need the necessary resources, including manpower and expertise to bring cases and convictions. There is an urgent need to enact whistleblower legislation to facilitate them in this regard. Likewise measures to address the frequent occurrence of asset transfers between spouses, family and associates in an attempt to flout the law and protect wealth must be tackled."

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