Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said there can be no tolerance shown to the thugs who attack emergency and front-line workers and said that they should feel the full force of the law if convicted.

Senator Clifford-Lee said she wants to see a Fianna Fáil Bill, the Criminal Justice (Public Order) (Amendment) Bill 2019, which provides for a mandatory prison sentence for anyone convicted of an assault on a member of the emergency services, progressed through the Oireachtas as quickly as possible.

She explained, “There have been two separate instances in the last week where the fire services came under attack. Windows were smashed at Swords Fire Station while another crew were attacked while extinguishing a blaze in the north of the city.

“This is simply disgusting and is putting the lives of ordinary Dubliners at risk when they need the support of either the fire or ambulance services.

“In general, it’s a small number of teenagers engaging in this behaviour. They and their parents need to he held to account. It’s not acceptable in 2019 for our emergency workers to be treated so disgracefully.

“Senseless attacks such as these have no place in our society. The emergency services are here to protect us, all of us, they should not have to contend with thugs who fire missiles at them or smash windows.

“It is absolutely apparent that we need further measures to be put in place to deter anyone who threatens assault or causes harm to these workers. I look forward to progressing the Fianna Fáil Bill through the Seanad and I hope it receives Government support”, she concluded.