The Council for Civil Liberties think the proposed Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act will trample on the rule of law, and to some extent they’re right.
The Irish Human Rights Commission are concerned that the new law undermines the ancient right to trial by jury, and in that they’re also correct.
Both of them are worried about the reliability of our police force, and they’re right to be worried. Our police force is as unprofessional an outfit as you’ll find anywhere in Europe.
And yet, here we are, in a dreadful situation caused by the emergence of organised criminal gangs who need to be confronted and crushed without mercy.
The Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill introduces a new crime: directing criminal activities, and it defines a criminal organisation as a structured group, however organised, that has as its main purpose or activity the commission or facilitation of a serious offence.
The new act will treat the criminal organisations who operate among us as subversive groups, which is what they are, and it will allow the police to give evidence to a non-jury court which can lead to convictions and imprisonment.
Do you think I welcome this?
I do not.
I think it’s appalling that matters have descended to this level, but I think it’s better than the situation we have at the moment, where murderous criminal families are posting videos on Youtube laughing at the law in Ireland.
I live in a town whose good name has been soiled by such lowlifes and I am fucking sick of it, so whatever my personal misgivings about loss of civil liberty, I’m a lot more concerned about people losing their lives on the orders of illiterate, drug-dealing scumbags who think they run our towns and cities.
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