Fine Gael plan to combat crime includes an increase in Garda numbers and making criminals pay compensation.
Approximately 90,000 indictable crimes are committed annually in Ireland, and an average of sixty per cent of those are in the Dublin area. Fine Gael leader John Bruton wants to combat this by increasing the number of Gardaí in the capital by a thousand.
He outlined what his party would do when in government to stop the rising level of crime. In addition to more resources for An Garda Síochána, the Fine Gael proposal includes an overhaul of the legal and penal systems.
A Garda in Dublin must deal with two and a half times more crimes than Gardaí elsewhere, and the law must also change. John Bruton says,
Clearly we have a problem of lack of resources and also the law isn't suitable to deal with the problem of crime.
The biggest change in the penal system must be to make the criminal pay financially for their crimes. Victims of crime should be compensated.
In that way crime will cease to pay and people will realise that there's no such thing as a victimless crime.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 March 1991. The reporter is Charlie Bird.