Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
Restorative Justice Programmes in Northern Ireland: Discussion
I apologise as I must leave to chair the Dáil in approximately ten minutes.
The delegation is very welcome. I was very interested in what it said, especially on similarities in other parts of the country. Reference was made to unemployment, social deprivation and many other issues. Many Oireachtas Members are involved in the policing committees around the country. In Galway, which I represent, I have found the open forum to be beneficial. Policing committees are always discussing issues but sometimes nobody knows what they are doing. Do the delegates have forums at which they let people know what they are doing and at which they can receive feedback?
Different challenges face young people in cities, towns and rural areas. Will the delegates expand on that? How do they get feedback from the community about which they spoke so well?