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  1. Minister Dermot Ahern Begins Development of State’s First White Paper On Crime

Minister Dermot Ahern Begins Development of State’s First White Paper On Crime

The Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., recently announced the development of the State’s first White Paper on Crime.

The White Paper will set out a long-term strategy to fight crime. To that end, it will be the most wide-ranging and comprehensive policy development exercise ever undertaken in this area, including reviews of areas such as:

• current law enforcement issues,
• differing approaches to crime prevention and early intervention both nationally and internationally,
• the part played by sanctions and diversion,
• the role of victims and witnesses and
• the implications of changing technologies and social trends.

While the White Paper is being prepared, work will continue on existing initiatives to address crime. The preparation of the White Paper provides an opportunity to look to emerging needs, challenges and opportunities, and how these might be addressed over the longer-term.

Consultation will play a key part in the development of the White Paper. The Department is seeking the input of the general public, of those working with victims and/or perpetrators of crime and of experts in the fields of criminology and the social science.  Given the breadth of the subject matter, the intention is to structure this around a number of discussion documents to be produced over the next two years.  In addition, interested parties may at any time during the process send their views to the Department, in particular focusing on which subjects should be addressed.

Cosc is involved generally in the preparation of the White Paper, and specifically on the coverage within the White paper of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence that is currently being prepared by Cosc.

If you are interested in finding out more about the White Paper, updates on its development will be carried in a dedicated section of the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform's website If you would like to provide views or feedback to the Department in relation to the White Paper please e-mail: