Dublin North West Fianna Fáil candidate, Cllr. Paul McAuliffe has said that a recent decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions demonstrates just how out of touch the Department of Justice is with the Northside of Dublin.

Cllr. Paul McAuliffe was speaking following comments made by Mr Justice Mitchell which criticised the DPP for bringing the case of a pipe bomb attack against a Prison Officer in Marino to the District Court instead of the Circuit Court, or even the High Court.

“The fact that a Judge has criticised the DPP for not taking this case seriously enough is proof that there are problems at the heart of the prosecution service,” explained McAuliffe.

“While I am hesitant about commenting on an on-going case I think it is hugely important that this Judge’s comments are echoed.

“As the father of two young children, I am sick to my stomach at the details in this case and the thought of how catastrophic this attack could have ended up.
“This is alleged crime is of a most serious nature, and should be responded to with a greater sense of importance and with the full force of the law.

“What’s abundantly clear is that the Minister for Justice is not in touch with the reality on the ground, and the fear that this attack has struck into the heart of this community. The recent fatal shooting in Ballymun is another example of the worsening situation that many communities on the Northside are facing.

“Bringing cases of this degree to the District Court implies to me a casual approach to criminal behaviour on the Northside.

“The Minister for Justice must start asking questions of the Director, and get to the bottom of why this decision was taken and ensure that attacks of this nature are dealt with by the Judicial System in the strongest possible terms,”concluded McAuliffe.