GARDA Commissioner Fachtna Murphy backed the new home defence bill, saying it “makes sense”.
The bill allows people to use reasonable force against intruders to protect themselves, their family and their property.
This includes lethal force, depending on the circumstances.
“As you can appreciate, it’s not a matter for me to comment in any great detail in relation to legislation that’s going through the Dáil, but it makes sense to me and I look forward to enforcing that legislation, whenever it may be necessary, in the future, but it certainly makes sense and seems to me the way to go,” said the commissioner.
As reported in the Irish Examiner, the bill has already received a strong endorsement from the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors.
The commissioner also backed the Criminal Procedure Act 2010.
He said legislation was the force’s “stock in trade” and that gardaí used laws — including the anti-gang legislation, introduced last year — to bring people to justice.
He said 12 files had gone to the DPP under the anti-gang legislation and other files were “ready to go”.
Mr Murphy said gardaí were making “good progress” in a number of gangland murders and were preventing such murders “day in, day out”.
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