Murphy wants tougher action on rural crime

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has called on Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to stamp out the “scourge” of rural crime following the recent increase in the number of burglaries in County Roscommon.

  Senator Murphy said that while Roscommon was a safe place to live, the rise in crime was concerning for residents.

  “We must not be afraid as politicians to stand firm on this matter and speak at public forums such as the Seanad. We must deal firmly with those people who carry out acts of intimidation on families or the elderly by breaking into their homes and stealing and plundering,” he said.

  “I am seeking discussion in Seanad Éireann with the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee

in order to ascertain how our laws can be strengthened to ensure such thuggery is stamped out.

  “I welcome the recent announcement by the Minister that applications are now open for people to join An Garda Síochána as we must strengthen the force”.

  Speaking in the Seanad last week, the Fianna Fáil Senator urged people to avoid posting plans for holidays and nights out on social media in order to deter would-be burglars.

  “Sometimes people use social media to tell the world that they are on holidays or to show they are having a meal in a restaurant,” he said.

  “Why do such things when it is letting people know your home is vacant? In my view, this is not wise”.

  Senator Murphy also called for legislation around bail and free legal aid to be further tightened to make life more difficult for habitual criminals. He also said that stronger sentences for such crimes were needed as a matter of urgency.