Councillor says Justice Minister is wrong to advocate community service

A Donegal Councillor has called on the Justice Minister to encourage increasing sentences for serious crime.

Alan Shatter has criticised the judiciary for not giving enough consideration to imposing community service over a prison sentence.

But Councillor Paul Canning says the minister should be encouraging more lenghty custodial sentences - he has given the example of a case in Donegal were a man involved in a garda chase, and with 36 charges, served just two days in prison before fleeing his 1,000 euro bail

He says the Minister has got it wrong:

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