Deputy Jackie Cahill
Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has said that a rural crime epidemic is spreading across County Tipperary, and that unless we address its root causes now, the opportunity to put an end to criminality in our communities may be lost to us.
Deputy Cahill was speaking during the Fianna Fáil motion on rural crime debated in the Dáil.
“How is it normal that when I go from door to door visiting constituents in many rural communities, that I am answered through a half ajar window rather than at the front door?
“People are terrified for their personal safety and for their farm machinery.
“We need to come together as a parliament and as a society to stamp our rural crime. The opportunity may be lost to us if we allow it take hold in our communities.
“We have seen a spate of rural burglaries, and without Gardaí on our streets, and in our villages, they will continue to prey on vulnerable homes and people.
“Fianna Fáil believes that electronic monitoring should be made a condition of bail for anyone convicted of a serious offence in the previous 10 years, while measures should be taken to allow the State to recoup the cost of legal aid from a person subsequently convicted of an offence.
“It’s unacceptable that one in seven criminal acts is being perpetrated by people out on bail.
“Communities in Tipperary are fed up of lenient sentences being handed down to repeat offenders. Sentencing must act as a proper deterrent for criminals.
“Those who commit, attempt or plan to commit a crime should know that their behaviour will not be tolerated by Irish society, and that requires us all to work collectively to find long term solutions,” said Deputy Cahill.