Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee Stage

2:00 pm

Photo of Pádraig Mac LochlainnPádraig Mac Lochlainn (Donegal North East, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 5:

In page 23, between lines 38 and 39, to insert the following:“Report by Minister

18. Within one month of the coming into force of this Act the Minister shall lay before the Houses of the Oireachtas a full review of the Principal Act.”.

The intent of the amendment is clear. We are anxious to see a full review of the Act laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas within one month. The intention of the Bill to amend the original Bill is fine but we feel the core issue is the veto. We all respect organisations like Free Legal Advice Centres, FLAC, working on the front line. This is not just about statistics, it is about people's lives and being trapped in misery. The Bill was intended to find a pathway for people but there have been problems. From talking to groups on the front line, we know what they think are the issues. As soon as we can, we should deal with the problems that exist and make the Bill deliver what it was originally intended to. If the Minister cannot support the one month limit perhaps the review could be undertaken as soon as possible.


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