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McEntee says someone may die if migrant centre arson attacks continue




Next week, Tánaiste Micheal Martin will meet with Justice Minister Helen McEntee to talk about measures that may be taken to stop future attacks on locations associated with direct service, reports RTE.

It is thought that the head of Fianna Fáil wishes to talk about if more stringent regulations and stronger disincentives may be implemented to stop these kinds of assaults and make it clear that they will not be accepted.

The maximum term for arson is life in prison, and Ms. McEntee hinted that there are no imminent plans to modify the rules pertaining to criminal damage, noting that “you can’t get tougher than that” on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics show, reports RTE.

She justified the reaction to the assaults by stating that the gardaí are making great efforts to make sure that those who carried out the crimes are held accountable.

The force is finding this to be a “massive task,” but “they’re absolutely committed,” she added.

Ten persons have reportedly been detained by the Gardaí in connection with these incidents in recent months.

A conviction for arson carries a maximum life sentence. On the other hand, violations of the Criminal Damage Act of 1991 are punishable by a maximum fine of €12,500 or a maximum ten-year jail sentence, reports RTE.

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