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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Thursday, 16 Nov 1961

Vol. 192 No. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Abolition of Capital Punishment.


andMr. McQuillan asked the Minister for Justice whether in view of the accumulated evidence about the futility of hanging as a deterrent in cases of murder he will consider introducing legislation to amend the law in the matter to abolish hanging in any circumstances in the State.

No alteration of the law in relation to capital punishment is at present under consideration.

Will the Minister say, in view of the accumulated evidence I refer to in my Question, whether he is prepared to bring the matter to the Government for consideration?

I am not satisfied there is an accumulation of evidence one way or the other.

If the Minister is satisfied, presumably he is satisfied as a result of investigations which he has carried out. Has he carried out such investigations in order to satisfy himself?

I have already indicated there is no proposal at the moment to change the law in this regard and I have also indicated that I do not think there has been any accumulation of evidence one way or another in the matter.

I suppose we will wait until the British get around to doing it, like everything else.

Does it not look as if it will be a good while before we catch another murderer? There are about a dozen of them at large now. They have probably formed a club or something.

The Deputy is not very complimentary to the Guards. He is running them down badly now.