Use seized cash to stop crime at source, say Fine Gael

by Gazette Reporter

Seized cash should be used to stop crime at source, according to FG TD Neale Richmond and his party colleague Cllr Kenneth Egan.

They want money seized from criminal gangs to be redistributed to prevent teens and children from becoming involved in crime.

Deputy Richmond has submitted a Private Members Motion to the Oireachtas that would see the Government legislate to ring-fence funds seized by state agencies and channel these funds back into targeting the causes of crime at source.

If given the green light by the country’s politicians, the bold move could prove to be a severe dent to some of the country’s major criminal gangs who regularly target and recruit minors to carry out their nefarious acts.

Deputy Richmond said: “Cash seized by the Gardai is on the rise, from €7.44 million in 2019 to over €16 million in 2020. In 2021 over €2 million was seized in the first month alone.

“The Gardai and the Criminal Assets Bureau do stellar work in ensuring that crime does not pay by seizing the proceeds of crime.

“However, instead of this cash returning to the exchequer for general spending as is current Government policy, they should be put to good use to support communities and prevent young people from turning to crime in the first instance.

“It would be brilliant to see this crime cash used for addiction counsellors, social workers, youth diversion programmes, training courses, education schemes, awareness programmes and more.”

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