Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Select Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Marine Planning Area Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

In the first instance, we have had a debate in terms of the directive and the legislation complying with same. I am happy, based on the advice I have received from my officials and the Office of the Attorney General, that it complies with both directives referenced in the earlier sessions. To transpose a directive word for word does not make for good or more robust legislation. That is our firm view and we will not be conceding on that point.

To clarify, with regard to directions, as I stated to Deputy Boyd Barrett, we will consider publishing the direction but in terms of consulting regarding when the Minister issues the direction, we will not concede on that point because it is an enforcement mechanism and the Minister needs to have the authority and power to ensure compliance with the legislation and policy. I wish to be clear on that for the avoidance of doubt.


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