Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 17 November 2022
Committee on Public Petitions
Decisions on Public Petitions Received
Martin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source
They are looking for additional funding. We might find out what kind of funding has been in place and what is has been used for so far. Offhand, I cannot remember any TV or media outlet highlighting the dangers of sepsis in this country. If there has been funding, I do not know what is has been used for and how much additional funding they are looking for. Sepsis has awful consequences for many families and there have been some high profile cases. It is something this committee should stay on top of. We should try to get that awareness campaign up and running as quickly as possible. Is that agreed? Agreed.
Petition No. 61 of 2022 is “Freedom 4 Sean” from Ms Andrea Terry on behalf of Mr. Mario De Sa Freire. This petition requests freedom for an individual in Australia and raises concerns about alleged apartheid in Australia. The secretariat is of the view that this petition is inadmissible as per Dáil Standing Order 127(1) on admissibility of petitions, which states that a petition is admissible unless it, among other things, does not comply with standing orders or is otherwise not in proper form, or contains language which is offensive or in the nature of being defamatory. This petition, while purporting to be from an individual, has used the address of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in Dublin and contains language which is in the nature of being defamatory.
The committee recommends that the petitioner be informed that the petition is inadmissible as per Dáil Standing Order 127(1) on admissibility of petitions, which states that a petition is admissible unless it, among other things, contains language which is offensive or in the nature of being defamatory, and is not in its proper form as the address of the individual petitioner is not provided. Do Members have any views or is that agreed?