Public Consultation Opened On Draft Burglary Legislation

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality is calling for submissions from interested groups and individuals on draft legislation aimed at tougher penalties for those found guilty of repeat burglaries.

Published last week by Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill is part of a broader review of the criminal justice system’s response to the problem of burglaries.

Committee Chairman David Stanton TD says: "These proposals are aimed at tackling the issue of repeat burglaries.

"As part of this process, we are seeking public submissions on the General Scheme, which sets out to introduce stricter bail conditions for those charged with multiple burglaries and consecutive prison sentences for those convicted.

"The Committee may decide to invite one or more individuals or groups to public hearings to discuss particular submissions in detail. On foot of this public process, the Committee will report to the Minister for Justice and Equality on the submissions received and any public hearings.”

The General Scheme can be accessed on the Department of Justice and Equality’s website and the closing date for submissions is Friday 24 April at 3pm.


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