Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Justice and Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Tuesday) said that the planned introduction of a new Bail Bill by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald will protect the public against crimes committed by offenders out on bail.
“I am delighted that Minister Fitzgerald is due to introduce a suite of measures to tackle the ongoing problem of recidivism.
“The legislation will provide for a number of significant changes to the current law, so that courts must give reasons for bail decisions. In addition the changes will give the District Court power to refuse bail where there is an appeal against a sentence of imprisonment imposed by that court. At present, the District Court cannot refuse bail when such an appeal is lodged
“In effect the courts must have regard to persistent serious offending by an applicant for bail and in certain cases hear evidence from the victim of an offence before a decision on bail is taken.
“In Government, Fine Gael’s response to crime is focused on recruiting more Gardaí and strengthening the law to get tougher on serious and repeat offenders. We’ve reopened Templemore after Fianna Fáil closed it and 100 new recruits have just graduated and entered the Garda force.
“I will be urging the Minister to fast-track the publication of this new legislation to respond to the level of crime carried out by offenders on bail.”