Seanad debates

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Parole Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:30 am

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

People from the most well-off areas have committed the most heinous crimes as well. We have to see why it is becoming so violent. Somebody said last week that society is almost immune to violence and just asks where today's murder happened. In the past, it was a rare event and it was front page news for a week. Why is this happening? Much research needs to be and is being done on this. I am working on a new justice strategy, which has to examine intervening very early with young people and supporting them to make sure that they do not become victims to criminality and anti-social behaviour. Education at an early age, keeping people in school and education, youth work, youth supports and so on are of key importance in prevention and intervention. Keeping people safe is also involved. There are myriad matters, not just one aspect. I acknowledge that the Senator said that because it struck a chord with me as something that I feel strongly about.


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