Fianna Fáil wants to introduce victims surcharge for criminals to pay

The party is pointing to a similar system in the UK

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Fianna Fail spokesperson on Justice and Equality Niall Collins | Image:

Fianna Fáil wants offenders to pay a new victims surcharge if convicted of a crime.

The party is pointing to surcharges in the UK, where criminals have to pay a surcharge of stg£80 (€102) if sent to prison for six months and under.

Fianna Fail also wants a Sentencing Commission to be established, which will prepare guidelines on sentencing.

Fianna Fáil's justice spokesman Niall Collins says too often, the justice system is weighted in favour of criminals.

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