Time for tougher enforcement of bail laws in Tipperary – Cahill

Published on: 14 June 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has called for a review of Bail Laws to ensure that those who commit a further crime while out on bail are put into prison.

Deputy Cahill was commenting after speaking during a special Fianna Fáil-led debate into the death of Shane O’Farrell, a young Monaghan man who was killed by a drunk driver who was out on bail and had committed other crimes while out on bail.

“The case of Shane O’Farrell is a very sad example of what can happen when the criminal justice system lets people down. If the system had been better and more efficient, the man who knocked down Shane would not have been even on the road.

“All too often those out on bail continue to commit crimes. If that happens, they need to be remanded, and not let back out to recommit.

“27,747 crimes were committed in 2017 by people out on bail, including 6663 thefts and related offences.

“Hundreds of crimes in Tipperary are therefore being committed by persons out on bail ever year. They don’t fear being caught as they know they won’t be out into prison.

“We need a stricter enforcement of our current bail laws, and if necessary, they should be reviewed to ensure that criminals know that if they commit further crimes they will be dealt with harshly,” concluded Cahill.

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