The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., has welcomed the enactment of the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill.

The Minister said he had wanted this legislation to be enacted quickly because of the gravity of the threats which gangs pose to our community.

Minister Ahern said: "The Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act, 2009 and the Criminal Justice Surveillance Act, 2009, which was also recently signed by the President, provide vital legislative provisions for the Gardaí in their fight against gangland activities.  Make no mistake: the fight against the activities of these gangs is going to be long and has to be waged relentlessly. But I am satisfied that the ability of the Gardaí to tackle the gangs head on has been greatly improved by these measures. I know that the Gardaí are determined to use these provisions to the full. These measures represent very important changes in our criminal law in favour of ordinary law abiding people." 

The Minister also welcomed the enactment of the Defamation Bill 2009.

Minister Ahern said: "Modernisation of our Defamation law is now complete on the enactment of the Bill. I believe the legislation in what is a complex area strikes the right balance in the public interest."

23 July 2009