Cannon warns about use of double barrels on intruders

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Minister Ciaran Cannon has this week hit out at ‘flippant language’ by an Independent TD on the issue of using force against burglars, warning that the use of force by householders in the event of encountering an intruder should always be the very last resort.

Minister Cannon made the statement following comments by Dep Michael Fitzmaurice on local radio this week, which the Minister believes might encourage householders to take the law into their own hands and use firearms to attack burglars.

“I find the reference by Michael Fitzmaurice on Galway Bay FM to intruders getting ‘a bit of lead’ to be an immoderate use of language,” he said. “The Criminal Law (Defence and Dwelling Act) 2011 takes account of the lawful right of a householder to use reasonable force to protect themselves within the circumstances they believe themselves to be in.


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