Sinn Fein T.D Dessie Ellis has accused the Government of putting up barriers to employment for former "political prisoners". He claims that this is especially the case in some industries. Ellis said that “Fine Gael and Labour have, particularly in relation to Haulage and Taxi industries, sought to make it more difficult for ex-prisoners covered under the Good Friday Agreement to keep work". Dessie Ellis has blasted the government for this. Does Mr Ellis not see any issue with murderers driving Taxis?
I think the Government is correct and anybody who was convicted of Murder, Rape or a serious crime should not be driving a taxi. It seems Mr Ellis does not see any issue here. Can he define what is a "political crime"? Is armed robbery a political offence? SF/IRA carried out some heinous crimes including the killings of Children and Gardai. I for one would not like Garda killers dropping me or my nearest and dearest home in a taxi. The Government are doing the correct thing. The protection of the public must be paramount. Expecting the people to forget that people carried out heinous crimes is a step too far.