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Hard line for attacks on emergency services

first_imgEmail Taiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Collins welcomes his appointment as Minister of State NewsHard line for attacks on emergency servicesBy Bernie English – May 3, 2016 687 Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding Minister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding Good Garda news for Bruff TAGSattacksfirfightersniall collinstoougher penalties Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins says tougher laws are needed to help protect frontline emergency service workers. The Limerick TD says the Government should introduce specific legislation to make it an offence to assault a member of the gardaí, a fire fighter, a paramedic or nurse.Deputy Collins made the comments after Limerick firefighters were assaulted as they responded to a bonfire in the city over the weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The attack on Limerick firefighters as they responded to a fire in Garryowen over the bank holiday weekend is shocking. Unfortunately attacks on firefighters and other members of the emergency services have been on the increase in recent years. It’s nothing short of a disgrace to see a small number of people attack emergency workers as they try to do their jobs,” said Deputy Collins.“It’s been obvious for quite some time that we do not have strong enough legislation in place to protect emergency workers. There have been far too many assaults on emergency workers right across the country in recent years. I’ve long held the view that we need robust legislation in place to prevent such attacks. Fire and foremost there needs to be strong sentencing for those who attack emergency workers. This is the only way to prevent such attacks in the future.“In 2012 Fianna Fáil published the ‘Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill’ which aims to protect those working in the frontline of our emergency services. This legislation proposed a minimum 5 year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an on duty garda, nurse, ambulance worker of fireman. This would send a strong signal that such assaults are unacceptable.“I’ll continue to push for tougher laws to help protect emergency service workers. The message needs to go out loud and clear that it’s utterly unacceptable to attack those working in our emergency services.”[email protected] Twittercenter_img Previous article#WATCH Limerick firefighters attacked with rocks and weaponsNext articleNew CEO for Shannon Group Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp Printlast_img

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