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Varadkar says he promises to fight crime ‘head on’ in Fine Gael Ard Fheis speech




Leo Varadkar has vowed that he will fight the criminal underworld in his keynote address at Ard Fheis.

The Fine Gael leader spoke harshly about crime at the party’s annual conference which brought together more than 2,000 people at TUS (Shannon University of Technology) Athlone.

Speaking directly to the criminal gangs that are wreaking havoc on our streets, the Tánaiste said: “we will take the fight to you head on,” reports The Mirror.

Varadkar will become Taoiseach again next month and in his speech to the faithful tonight he prioritized the fight against crime.

He pointed to some of the judicial reforms which included hiring an additional 1,000 Gardaí, doubling prison sentences for some crimes and introducing greater discretion for judges to increase prison time.

Mr. Varadkar said: “Delegates… tonight, I also want to speak to you about law and order. We live in a country where far too many people do not feel safe in their own homes or on the streets. We are responding to this with more Gardaí and more measures to curb antisocial behaviour. In the Budget we have provided for the funding of 1,000 new Garda recruits.” reports The Mirror.

According to The Mirror, he added: “So, we will double the maximum sentence for assault causing harm from five years to ten, we’ll increase the maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder from 10 years to life to take on those who direct gangland violence, we’ll allow judges impose minimum tariffs for life sentences for the most serious crimes and we’ll continue to fight back against gender based and sexual violence of all forms.”

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