Dealing with the Ryan Report in his Irish Times column today, Fintan O’Toole poses the question:“What, precisely, do we do with all those religious congregations who are apparently incapable of understanding the crimes for which they are institutionally responsible?”
Well here’s a possible solution:
The anti-gang legislation promised by the Minister for Justice has been prompted by the activities of the Limerick gangs.
Under the proposed legislation, leadership of a criminal gang could attract a life sentence while participating in organised crime could lead to a stretch in prison of up to 15 years. In addition, the Criminal Assets Bureau can seize assets acquired by a gang in the course of its criminal activities.
The Ryan report identifies what can only be described as systematic criminal activity over a prolonged period and, as such, it now offers an array of potential targets for the application of this promised legislation.
One, or all, of the religious orders involved should be closed down by the state.
Footnote: Published as a letter in the Irish Times & the Irish Independent.
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