Saturday 22 October 2016

Editorial: Courts must use existing burglary law

Burglaries. Picture posed
Burglaries. Picture posed

NEWS that burglars could face tougher sentences under new legislation is welcome.

But it also begs the question: would such laws be necessary if strong, consistent sentencing was applied in the first place?

Day in, day out, the country’s District Courts process cases involving repeat offenders.

Some of these individuals possess dozens, if not hundreds, of convictions for burglary and theft.

There is a perception among the public that the sentences being handed down to such criminals are simply not long enough.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s proposed law suggest that sentences would not be applied consecutively.

But the application of longer sentences in the first instance would avoid the need for this heavily-trumpeted Government crackdown.

As is so often the case, we have plenty of criminal law on the Statute Book – the issue is not adding more, but fully applying what we already have.


Passing of a true Dub

DUBLIN GAA has lost a legend with the passing of Dave Billings.

Few others gave as much as Billings did to Gaelic football in the capital – as a player, manager, selector and county board delegate.

His ‘true Blue’ status and commitment to the game and its players was reflected in the many tributes that were paid to Billings yesterday.

Conal Keaney’s tweet summed it up: “He always did everything possible for a player both on and off the field...A true Dub.”

Dave Billings will be greatly missed – by St Vincents, UCD, Dublin GAA itself and its supporters.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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