Casual approach to Northside prosecutions by DPP very worrying – McAuliffe

Dublin North West Fianna Fáil candidate, Cllr. Paul McAuliffe has said that a recent decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions demonstrates just how out of touch he is with the Northside.

Cllr. Paul McAuliffe was commenting after comments by Mr Justice Mitchell which criticised the DPP for bringing the case of a pipe bomb attack against a Prison Officer in Marino to the District Court instead of the Circuit Court, or even the High Court

“The fact that a Judge has criticised the DPP for not taking this case seriously enough is proof that there are problems at the heart of the prosecution service.

“A pipe bomb was placed under a Prison Officer’s car, and a young girl took it from the car and then into her home.

“As the father of two young children, I am sick to my stomach at the thought of how catastrophic this attack could have ended up.

“This is a crime of the most serious nature, and should be responded to with a greater sense of importance.

“What’s abundantly clear is that the DPP aren’t in touch with the reality on the ground, and the severe fear that this attack has struck into the heart of this community.

“The recent fatal shooting in Ballymun is another example of the worsening situation many communities on the Northside are facing.

“A pipe bomb attack on an official of the State should be dealt with the full force of the law. Bringing these casses to the District Court implies to me a casual approach to criminal behaviour on the Northside.

“The Minister for Justice must start asking questions of the Director, and get to the bottom of why this decision was taken and ensure that attacks of this nature are dealt with by the Judicial System in the strongest possible terms,” concluded McAuliffe.

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