This is an excellent source book on criminal law. Sean Quinn decided that he would take up the challenge of writing a book where people could find the criminal law of the State. He has achieved his objective; Criminal Law in Ireland is a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system in Ireland.

This is a wide ranging book, considering matters of procedure and the substantive law. While not attempting to identify all areas addressed by the author, the whole panoply of criminal law is laid out. Long established crimes, such as murder, manslaughter, infanticide, theft and burglary, are discussed in detail. In addition, there are chapters on the misuse of computers, money laundering and corruption offences. The matter of organised crime, a very topical issue, is examined, as are public order offences. An area of significant importance, the misuse of drugs, is described in detail. The chapter on road traffic offences will be of particular assistance to practitioners.

It is often difficult to trace the precise penalty for an offence. The author has done us all a great service by drawing up his extensive table on penalties. The offences are set out alphabetically, followed by their source, and then the penalty. A table such as this is the product of a great deal of hard work. I am sure it will be appreciated by legal practitioners and students alike.

The author has taken great care to include the up-to-date legislation. He provides an important reference point. This illustrates the true nature of the publication, as a comprehensive source book.

This is a timely publication. Important changes in the law over recent years are considered. Thus, the introduction of the defence of diminished responsibility provided for in the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act, 2006 is addressed. Other recent developments, such as the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act, 2008, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, 2006 and the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 are analysed.

This publication will be of great assistance to legal practitioners and students. It is up to date. It addresses issues traditionally found in texts on the criminal law. It includes contemporary issues, such as children and the criminal law, and false accounting and related offences.

I congratulate the author. I recommend this book to readers of the law, and I have no doubt that it will be a success.

Susan Denham

The Supreme Court

8th July, 2009