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Department Of Justice Condemns Criminal Acts Of Arson.

Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee TD, has in recent days, strongly condemned criminal acts of arson.

The Minister stated, “People need to understand these are very serious crimes which carry heavy prison sentences and those who have carried them out will be brought to justice.
I have been in regular contact with the Garda Commissioner and I have reassured him that any resources required will be made available to him. Meanwhile, An Garda Síochána is doing everything possible to investigate these recent acts of arson. I understand they are making good progress in their investigations and I encourage anyone with any information in relation to any of these incidents to contact them”
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Mrs McEntee continued, “I also ask anyone with information either on past incidents or about possible upcoming threats to contact their local Gardaí. It is clear that a group of people in society are intent on sowing division and fear through intimidation. I repeat that there can never be justification for such acts, regardless of circumstances or alleged motivation.
An Garda Síochána and IPAS continue to work closely together to ensure effective policing plans are in place wherever there is an identified operational need.
Where accommodation centres are being established, IPAS notifies and engages with local communities through their Community Engagement Team in advance.
Gardaí are continually monitoring emerging threats, including monitoring social media activity, and stepping up policing responses as necessary”.

“Both my Department and I are fully committed to the fight against racism and bigotry and strongly condemn the actions of those who abuse and attack others because of their own prejudices. Ireland is a diverse and tolerant country, and such behaviour is not acceptable”, she concluded.

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