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Poll: Do you welcome a minimum sentence for assaults on emergency workers?

Fianna Fáil will table a bill today which would set a minimum sentence of five years for anyone convicted of assaulting an on-duty emergency worker.

A fire officer demonstrating how not to put out a chip pan fire
A fire officer demonstrating how not to put out a chip pan fire
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FIANNA FÁIL IS to publish legislation proposing minimum jail sentences for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of a frontline emergency worker on duty.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012 has been tabled by the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise Dara Calleary and will be debated in the Dáil today. It would introduce a minimum sentence of five years for such assaults.

The bill may raise questions about whether there should be different sentence lengths for assault depending on the occupation of the victim.

Do you welcome minimum sentences for assaults an on-duty emergency workers?


Poll Results:

Yes (1585)
No (1398)
I'm not sure (158)



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