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Criminal justice system the only way to deal with allegations of criminality - Senator David Cullinane

27 October, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking following a number of protests which took place in Waterford City outside the home of a Roma family, Sinn Fein Senator David Cullinane said that the criminal justice system is the only appropriate way to deal with allegations of criminality. He said there is no place in society for 'rough justice' and has called on those engaged in such protests to desist from doing so. 

Speaking this morning Senator Cullinane said:

"What we have witnessed in Waterford City over the last two nights is completely unacceptable. There can be no room in our society for rough justice. If anyone has information relating to allegations of criminality they should bring it forward to the appropriate authorities."

"Protests such as these are counter-productive and wrong. They were predictably hijacked by a minority who are acting out of racism and with the intent of instilling fear. A number of children were present in the house targeted by these protestors.

"I am calling on those behind such protests to desist from doing so and for the public to stay away. It is the responsibility of An Garda Siochana to investigate crime and for the criminal justice system to determine innocence or guilt. Groups seeking to dispense rough justice are wrong and they need to stop and allow the Gardai do their job.”

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