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European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Alan Farrell: I do not see that being in the scope of this debate at all.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Mick Barry: I ask that the Minister of State communicate this point to the Minister for Justice.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Alan Farrell: I gave a bit of leeway to other Members in relation to the matter. That is fine. The Deputy can table a parliamentary question on the matter.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Mick Barry: In that case, I will set aside my other comments and conclude by saying we need compassion and professional help in cases like this. Jail should not be the punishment for young women who give birth in secret and in shock. I call on the Minister to review sentencing guidelines and to call for this woman's release.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Alan Farrell: As we have no other Members present, I ask the Minister of State for his response.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Niall Collins: I thank all Deputies who have contributed and those who have indicated they intend to support the motion. I will make some specific points and, in doing so, I will underline the importance of the proposal and our opting in to it at this stage. The Government has decided that, subject to the approval of the Dáil and Seanad, Ireland should opt in to the proposal at this stage to ensure...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (6 Jul 2022)

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (6 Jul 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce this Bill and thank Members for facilitating the passage of this important substitute consent legislation through the Houses in advance of the summer recess. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Planning and Development Act 2000, as relating to substitute consent procedures. Substitute...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Catherine Murphy: The purpose of this directive would be to provide protection to individuals and organisations, particularly journalists, whistleblowers, watchdogs and human rights activists, against so-called SLAPP lawsuits. SLAPPs can be described quite simply as privatised censorship. The vast majority of SLAPPs are pursued by wealthy and powerful litigants with the sole purpose to intimidate and silence...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Watson Killiney Residents Association in my area had a SLAPP taken against it because it sought a judicial review against a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for a strategic housing development by Atlas GP Ltd., a developer owned by Pat Crean of Marlet Property Group. This information is in the public domain and has been widely reported. That case has been taken...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Mick Barry: A SLAPP is a groundless or exaggerated lawsuit or other form of legal intimidation initiated by state organs, businesses and corporations, and individuals with power and money etc. against weaker parties, including journalists, civil society organisations, human rights defenders and others that transmit messages that are uncomfortable to those with the power and money. The aim of the SLAPP...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Alan Farrell: I am sorry-----

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Mick Barry: I am referring to sentencing guidelines in a general sense.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Brendan Howlin: I have five minutes to speak. It took me longer than five minutes to read the directive. It is a point that I make almost every day now as we go through directives that are important for the lives of people, when we only have a few minutes to participate in the debate. The matter at hand is an important issue because it concerns the functioning of our democracy. I suggest that if we asked...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister of State. Sinn Féin will support the motion. The issue the motion relates to and the directive itself are enormously important in having an EU-wide set of minimum standards for protecting individuals, journalists, human rights advocates and, more particularly, residents' associations, and environmental and non-governmental organisations, which is vital. Given...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Alan Farrell: I ask the Deputy not to use names.

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I will make no apology for this. It is in the public domain, it has been reported in the newspapers and it is a matter before the courts. These are precisely the kind of cases - I will not name any individuals - where company names have been reported in the public domain. I want to repeat them in the Chamber. I will not go beyond anything that is in the public domain, if that is okay....

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Niall Collins: I move: That Dáil Éireann approves the exercise by the State of the option or discretion under Protocol No. 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to take part in the adoption and application of the following...

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