Dáil debates

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2007: First Stage

 

12:00 pm

Photo of Arthur MorganArthur Morgan (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to create the indictable offence of corporate manslaughter by an undertaking, to create the indictable offence of grossly negligent management causing death by a high managerial agent of the undertaking, and to provide for related matters.

This is very important legislation. Some 23 people have already died in the workplace so far this year. Some 50 people died last year and 74 the year before. Clearly this is essential legislation.

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is the Bill opposed?

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Tánaiste; Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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No. We welcome the Deputy's interest.

Question put and agreed to.

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Ceann Comhairle)
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Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

Photo of Arthur MorganArthur Morgan (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Question put and agreed to.