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Headline crime on the rise

Posted on February 05, 2008

 

Headline crimes are on the rise, the Dáil heard today, with a rise of 6 per cent between 2006 and 2007. Questioning the Taoiseach about the figures Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said: "It is the Government's responsibility to reverse the trend of increasing of crime in this state and it is an objective the Government has set itself on a number of occasions."

New measures are needed and Deputy Gilmore asked the Taoiseach if he would take up a number of Labour Party proposals which would make a difference.

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Extraordinary Rendition is an attack on human rights

Posted on December 12, 2007

Yesterday (December 11th) the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) published a report into the Government's involvement with the CIA 'extraordinary renditions' scandal.

The report states: "The Commission recommends that an effective inspection regime be put in place to ensure that no foreign aircraft which might be suspected of involvement in the illegal practice of 'extraordinary rendition' may land and refuel in Ireland. An effective inspection regime will ensure that no prisoners are transited through the State en route to a situation of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

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Cocaine is not a safe or acceptable drug - Gilmore

Posted on December 11, 2007

Given the sad events of the last couple of weeks, the issue of cocaine usage in Ireland was raised today during Leaders' Questions by Labour Leader Deputy Eamon Gilmore.

During the exchange Deputy Gilmore told the Dáil about the dramatic increase in cocaine usage in Ireland and how legislative measures must be taken to smash the supply chain and to smash the criminal gangs who are peddling drugs.

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Civil Unions Bill back in the Dáil

Posted on October 30, 2007

Once again Labour’s Civil Union Bill will be discussed during Private Members Time in the Dáil this week. Proposed by Brendan Howlin TD the Bill is designed to give full legal recognition to same sex unions creating a status relationship equivalent to marriage for the benefit of people who are the same sex.

Speaking on the motion Deputy Howlin said: “I brought this Bill to the Dail in February of this year when it was supported by the Green Party and was praised by many individual TDs on the Government benches.” You can read the rest of Brendan's statement here and more on the Bill itself here.

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Day 19 - Putting gangs out of business

Posted on May 17, 2007

Putting the gangs out of business - Pat speaking on gun crime at the Labour Party conference 2007
Pat speaking on gun crime at the Labour Party conference 2007

Day 19 - Today's press conference was taken by Brendan Howlin and Ruairi Quinn where they launched our 'Putting the gangs out of business'.

Over the last ten years the conviction rate for gun murders stands at 16 per cent. During 2005 of the 21 gun murders only four were regarded as having been detected, with proceedings commenced in just two cases.

Since Minister McDowell made his ill-judged statement in November 2005 'last sting of a dying wasp' 54 people have died in gun murders.

It is clear the criminal gangs believe they can get away with killing each other.

In our document launched today we set out a number of measures that will be taken by Labour in Government to defeat the gangs.

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