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New laws mean repeat burglars can be denied bail and handed consecutive sentences

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
The scene of the now infamous 2013 aggravated burglary in Tipperary where a family were terrorised by a gang of burglars
The scene of the now infamous 2013 aggravated burglary in Tipperary where a family were terrorised by a gang of burglars

New tough laws to tackle Ireland’s burglary epidemic came into force yesterday.

The new rules will allow judges to hit repeat offenders with consecutive sentences and the option to deny bail.

Research reveals that 75 per cent of all burglaries are committed by just 25 per cent of burglars and these are the group targeted by the new laws.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: "Burglary of a person's home is a heinous crime and traumatic for every victim."

"This important new act targets repeat burglars. It will help keep repeat burglars off the streets and improve the safety of our communities.

"The act allows for bail to be denied, and consecutive sentences to be given, to repeat burglars."

Under the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015, bail can be denied to repeat offenders.

Jail terms will also be increased as criminals will be hit with consecutive sentences where they are convicted of multiple burglary charges.

"I am prioritising efforts to tackle Ireland's hardened cohort of repeat offenders. Tackling repeat offending will reduce crime levels and this new act is an important step forward," said Minister Fitzgerald.