Louth TD Declan Breathnach speaking in the Dail in support of increasing the penalty for knife crimes.
Louth TD Declan Breathnach spoke in the Dail last week in support of a Fianna Fáil bill to increase the maximum sentence for carrying a knife with intent to harm from five to ten years which passed the second stage in the Dáil.
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.
Deputy 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.”
“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.
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"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.”
“People need to know they cannot simply walk around carrying a knife" Breathnach said.
"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 five to ten years.”