Kerry Councillor calls for stiffer sentences for serious crimes

Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Cahill. Photo by Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

A Kerry Councillor is calling on the Minister for Justice to impose stiffer sentences for people who commit serious crimes.

Councillor Michael Cahill says Ireland’s Criminal Justice System is getting a name for being soft on crime.

The Kerry Councillor is urging Minister Charlie Flanagan to impose tougher sentences in cases of murder, rape, armed and violent robbery.

He says the punishment must fit the crime and that prison is not meant to be a holiday camp.

The Fianna Fail Councillor also says the Justice System should allow affected family members to have a say in whether or not any future parole is granted.