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This morning.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Labour TD Joan Burton (with Senator Kevin Humphries) speaking to the media about a bill for a standing commission on tax PLUS an attempted burglary at her home last night (while she attended a community crime meeting).

Ms Burton said:

“The burglar, who appears to have been a woman, thought she was able to take out one of the panes of glass in our kitchen window and there wasn’t a scratch on it. So I have to say that shocked me more than anything else….”

Joan Burton’s house burgled as she attends community meeting on crime (Independent.ie)

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The Save Our Community Meeting in the Anner Hotel Thurles, Co Tipperary last October

Up to 1,500 people gathered at a meeting in Thurles on Thursday night to call for urgent reforms of bail laws to help tackle a growing “epidemic” of rural crime

Senior gardaí were present for the meeting, including Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan and Chief Supt Catherine Kehoe for the Tipperary division.

The gathering heard calls for a series of tough measures to help combat the problem, such as electronic tagging of convicted criminals, stronger trespass laws and greater Garda resources.

Calls for bail law reform to tackle rural crime ‘epidemic’ (Irish Times, October 8, 2015)

Burglaries were down by 5 per cent, 26,246 report crimes last year. That development will come as a relief to the Garda and Government who had both been under pressure over the continued rise in burglaries.

The debate about rural crime was a feature of the election campaign, with claims that burglaries were occurring most frequently in rural areas, despite data showing the problem was growing much faster in Dublin.

…Like drugs offences, gun crime has declined significantly, halving in some areas…

Murder rate falls to 21 year low but threats to kill rise, CSO finds (Irish Times, today)