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Maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder to increase to life imprisonment

Maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder to increase to life imprisonment

Gangland criminals who conspire to carry out murders should not be saved from a possible life sentence simply because the gardaí catch them before they commit their intended murder, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said.

In the first piece of criminal justice legislation she has brought forward since being appointed to the portfolio, Ms McEntee has secured Cabinet approval to increase the maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder to life imprisonment, rather than the maximum 10 years at present.

The change, contained in the new Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020, has the potential to significantly damage some of the biggest crime gangs in the Republic as gardaí have had increasing success in foiling gangland murders.

Advancements over the past decade in electronic surveillance and the strengthening of Garda units that tackle organised crime have resulted in more planned murders being prevented and more criminals being convicted of conspiracy to murder.

In April, Liam Brannigan, Bride Street, Dublin 8, was jailed for eight years for conspiring to murder Dublin man Gary Hanley as part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud in 2017. Brannigan (37) was the fifth conspirator to be jailed for the planned murder foiled by the Garda.

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