"New Regulations doubling detention period will facilitate more effective investigation of serious crime", says Tanaiste

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., today said that the Regulations he made last week increasing the detention period available to An Garda Síochána from 12 to 24 hours will facilitate the more effective investigation of serious crime.

Up to now, a person detained under the Criminal Justice Act 1984 could be detained for up to 6 hours, extendable by a further 6 hours on the authorisation of a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of superintendent. The Criminal Justice Act 2006 provided the legislative basis for an additional 12 hours detention on the authorisation of a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of chief superintendent. These new Regulations give effect to that legislation, thus doubling the maximum permitted detention period from 12 to 24 hours.

Commenting on the increased powers of detention, the Tánaiste said: "The enactment of these new Regulations is a significant development for the An Garda Síochána in its continuing fight against serious and organised crime by facilitating more effective investigation of offences through extended powers of detention.

These powers, alongside the unprecedented package of additionalresources for the An Garda Síochána which I announced earlier this week, will greatly enhance the capacity of the Force to tackle serious crime."

 


22 December 2006