Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

7th October 2019

 

Breathnach supports bill doubling sentence for knife crime after recent attacks in Louth

 

-A Fianna Fáil bill to increase the maximum sentence for carrying a knife with intent to harm from 5 years to 10 years has passed second stage in the Dáil –
Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach spoke in the Dáil last week supporting the bill which would increase the maximum sentence for carrying a knife with intent to harm from 5 years to 10 years. The bill was brought forward by Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jim O’Callaghan and passed second stage in the Dáil after not being opposed by the Government.

 

Speaking in the Dáil, Breathnach said “I have spoken about the need for mandatory sentencing for those convicted of causing incapacity, or injuring or intimidating, with the use of a knife, who should face the full rigour of the law.”

 

Breathnach has further commented “The CSO does not publish information on the use of knives in crimes. However, news reports and anecdotal evidence show us that knife crime is increasing, and we have seen this particularly in Louth. Just over a week ago a Guard in Dundalk was slashed in the face by a knife. 93-year-old Donie Lynch was recently stabbed in Blackrock, as well as Yosuke Sasaki, a young Japanese man who was tragically stabbed to death in Dundalk last year. All of this is coupled with the ongoing feud in Drogheda, which has seen 76 incidents.”

 

He concluded “People need to know they cannot simply walk around carrying a knife. There needs to be a serious deterrent, so I hope this bill can go through committee and report stage and become law quickly, so the maximum sentence can be doubled from 5 to 10 years.”

 

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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie