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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: As my Fianna Fáil colleague has done, I welcome the decision of the UK Government to introduce an abortion regime in the North of Ireland and also its gay rights initiative on marriage equality. It is significant because Jeff Dudgeon, for example, won a historic case - before I won mine - in the European Court of Human Rights. The North was in advance of us at that stage and it is...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I move amendment No. 103b:In page 36, between lines 5 and 6, to insert the following:“54.Where the Procedures Committee prepares a statement of procedures for submission to the Commission under this Part and where the statement so prepared sets out different procedures in respect of any particular judicial office in cases where some or all of the applicants already hold judicial...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I am quite sure the Minister did, and his broad smile indicates that he has told a little fib.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: No.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: The House has got it so it will have to make do with-----

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I do not really want to. These amendments, in the names of Senator McDowell and my other colleagues, who have graciously allowed me to move them, are very clear and specific. Appointments for different judicial offices - in the District Court, the Circuit Court, the High Court and so on - may have different aspects. The point of this amendment is to make sure that the committee charged...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I am perfectly certain that Senator McDowell will be in a position to redraft the amendment in a more acceptable fashion.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: The Minister is in good humour and is smiling broadly.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I do not mind. The Minister is a decent, civilised Laois man and I have no objection to being called a passenger or an underling. I have been an underling all my life. It is a very comfortable position to be in and one which I occupy with great dignity..

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: Who is the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport?

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: The Minister for Justice and Equality is the underling in respect of this Bill, like I am.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I move amendment No. 103c:In page 36, between lines 5 and 6, to insert the following: “54. Where the Procedures Committee prepares a statement of requisite skills and attributes for submission to the Commission under this Part, the statement so prepared shall include a statement setting out the approach to be taken in determining for the purposes of section 7(1) of this Act what...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I move amendment No. 103d:In page 36, between lines 5 and 6, to insert the following: “54. A statement made under this Part shall contain an acknowledgement for the information of applicants that, in respect of any appointment to judicial office, the Government is not obliged to recommend to the President the appointment of any person recommended by the Commission and may recommend...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I have moved it and I await the Minister's response.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: For information, the amendment proposes that a statement made under this Part shall contain an acknowledgement for the information of applicants that, in respect of any appointment to judicial office, the Government is not obliged to recommend to the President the appointment of any person recommended by the commission and may recommend the appointment of any person eligible in law to be...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: This is following the Scottish precedent and the Minister has urged the significance and relevance of the Scottish experience upon us. It is important that we do not just confine it to where the Minister considers it appropriate but that we look at the Scottish experience in detail. It is perfectly reasonable to suggest that where there are lay members, and there are quite a number of lay...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I move amendment No. 105a:In page 36, between lines 18 and 19, to insert the following:“55. (1) Where the Commission has approved a statement in accordance with section 54, it shall submit the statement to the Secretary to the Government. (2) A statement submitted under subsection (1) shall not be published under this Part unless and until a motion approving the statement for...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: No. We must discuss each separately.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I move amendment No. 105b:In page 37, to delete lines 8 and 9 and substitute the following:“Review by the Commission and Recommendations 56. (1) The Commission shall monitor and review—”. This amendment relates to the activities of the procedures committee that the Bill will bring into operation. The amendment removes from that committee the responsibility for...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

David Norris: I move amendment No. 105c:In page 37, to delete line 12. The amendment seeks to remove line 12 on page 37 which reads:"(1) The Procedures Committee shall monitor and review—(a) the implementation of this Act including in particular—(i) the practical operation of the published statement, (ii) the diversity among candidates for judicial appointment," Senator McDowell wishes to...

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