Longer jail terms for people who assault Gardai

For those who assault members of An Garda Sochána, longer prison sentences will be introduced.

The suggested modifications will also apply to ramming Garda vehicles.

The maximum jail term for assaulting or obstructing a Garda would rise from seven to twelve years under the proposals, which Justice Minister Simon Harris is presenting to Cabinet.

The rule would also apply to employees of other emergency services, such as those who work in hospitals, jails, the military, the fire department, or ambulances.

The Criminal Justice Bill, which is presently making its way through the Oireachtas, will include a provision that would increase the punishment for assault that results in harm.

Minister Harris said while current legislation, is robust the laws need to be updated.

“We should remember we still live in a country where there is huge support for the Gardaí,” he said.

“We live in a country where confidence levels in our police force are above that of most other European countries.

“We also need to live in a country where we don’t, as politicians, wring our hands and condemn – though condemning is important.

“We actually need to update the laws to support the Gardaí,” he added.

Minister Harris will also bring a measure to Cabinet to again extend the licence for alcohol to be sold outdoors.

The measure was brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be extended until November until longer-term legislation is looked at.

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, will also ask the Cabinet to approve extending business fuel assistance to companies that use kerosene. He will also submit a memo that calls for more stable employment conditions for seasonal employees.

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