Dáil debates

Thursday, 28 January 2016

12:45 pm

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Tánaiste for that clarification. Of course, if this were to reach all Stages today and to pass through the Oireachtas, it would give us an all-island framework on the prohibition of the purchase of sex. It is a great pity and I hope that Deputy Catherine Murphy's consultations will be successful.

What I wanted to ask the Tánaiste relates to Moore Street. Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and I sought access to the national monument not for the sake of it, but to have an expert conservation architect go in and establish and verify exactly the nature of the works under way, under what permission and under the supervision of whom. I have been in touch with the Minister, Deputy Heather Humphreys, on this matter and we have had some correspondence. I understood that such a visit would be facilitated but we have heard nothing back, and I am concerned. The Tánaiste will be aware that this is a matter of considerable public concern and contention and I wonder if she might be able to assist me in establishing when those experts might gain access, on behalf of us four Members of the Oireachtas, to establish what is going on.


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