Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (484)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

484. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to increase the mandatory minimum sentences already in place for offences to bring them more in line with the UK (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12908/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The UK case referred to by the Deputy was a conviction for murder. In the UK , as in Ireland, the mandatory penalty for murder is life imprisonment. The Irish case referred to by the Deputy was a conviction for manslaughter which does not attract a mandatory penalty in either jurisdiction but is punishable in both by a maximum of life imprisonment.