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Sinn Féin position on ASBOs vindicated

20 June, 2007

Responding to reports that Gardaí have not sought to issue one ASBO in the six months since their introduction, but instead favour the use of pre-existing public order legislation Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh said:

"The fact that not one ASBO has been issued since their introduction vindicates Sinn Féin's argument that they were little more than an election ploy. What was and is needed to tackle anti-social behaviour is the enforcement of pre-existing public order laws and investment in communities. The last government introduced an unnecessary and potentially damaging measure which was never going to address anti-social behaviour but was designed solely to secure their return to government.

"The Green Party promised voters in their election manifesto that they will repeal ASBOs. In light of the evidence which vindicates the position on ASBOs taken by both Sinn Féin and the Green Party when they were introduced by the Criminal Justice Bill 2006 I am calling on the Green Party to live up to their commitment and arrange for ASBO provisions to be removed from the statute book." ENDS

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