Seanad debates

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Parole Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:30 am

Photo of Rónán MullenRónán Mullen (Independent) | Oireachtas source

-----subject to a certain maximum and, I dare say, a certain minimum period also.

I will make one final point in passing. Sentencing is the time to deal with the attitude that underlies crime and the circumstances surrounding it. There is a lot of talk these days about the need to name and create penalties for specific hate crimes. While I understand the thinking and sentiment behind it, it is fundamentally wrong-headed because very often it is the intersection of identity politics and criminal justice. The attitude that lies behind the crime, whether it be sexism, racism or other moral fault, is something that must be dealt with separately, through the education system and in all of the ways we try to socialise citizens. It may also be relevant to the sentence imposed but creating specific crimes to differentiate between different categories of people who suffer and are the victims of the same crime is wrong. That is not the subject of the Bill-----


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