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Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I commend Deputy Ó Laoghaire who pointed out in 2018 that there was insufficient or no regulation of some private security firms. He brought that to the attention of the Minister for Justice and, along with Deputy Martin Kenny, he later introduced legislation on the matter. In fairness, the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, and the Minister of State, Deputy James Browne, did not...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I am delighted to speak on this legislation, although it is probably eight or ten years too late. When the banking crisis hit, we saw the vulture funds arrive and we saw the mushrooming of the legal eagles and everybody else, no disrespect to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle. We saw what went on in the courts. I have been present at so many evictions and my colleagues, Deputies Nolan and Michael...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

John McGuinness: This Bill cannot be taken in isolation. It is a Bill that is being supported by the House but it is a reflection on what is happening within the banking sector and in the housing crisis. In 2008, when we had the crash and things got very bad after that, the banks quickly showed how greedy they were and how unrelenting they were in relation to repossessions, chasing people and, in many...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: I very much welcome the publication by the Government of the Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2021. It is long overdue. I recognise and acknowledge the work and contribution of Deputy Ó Laoghaire in the initial drafting of the Bill some time ago. I am heartened by the fact there is cross-party support for it. There is good reason for that support. I am happy to say that I...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: I welcome the Bill, the purpose of which is to properly regulate private security services. This is an area that has gone unregulated for far too long. Banks and financial services firms have pretty much been able to hire who they want to do their dirty work of evicting the people who bailed them out during the financial crisis. Many in this House remember the shameful, violent eviction of...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I have used my first 30 seconds to walk up here because the clock is moving a lot quicker than I thought it was. I thank the Whip's office for alerting me that my slot was coming up. As I have just jogged up the quays, I have done all my exercise for the day to get back here in time. This is important legislation. We have all seen a number of horrible and unsavoury evictions take place...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Martin Browne: We are talking about ensuring that those acting on behalf of the banks, vulture funds and other financial institutions are tightly controlled and cannot do as they please when taking property back from those who find themselves in financial trouble. While this is welcome, I have to point out that we are dealing with ensuring there is control of these private security firm workers and not the...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

James O'Connor: I am delighted to have the opportunity to discuss this legislation, particularly in view of the prominence of many high-profile cases concerning evictions in recent times. The legislation will allow the Government to bring the regulation and licensing of security personnel assisting those enforcing court orders for evictions and repossessions within the remit of the Private Security...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Patricia Ryan: This is an area where reform is long overdue. The country has had a long history of landlordism and evictions, and to put it mildly, there have been and still are many unsavoury characters involved. Just yesterday I received a call from a constituent who had been given four months' notice of eviction in January in the middle of level 5 restrictions. Her landlord was at the door with "three...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Sorca Clarke: I welcome this Bill to introduce a new category for those involved in evictions. However, I will address a concern I have about one aspect of the often overlooked private security sector, namely, persons who install security systems, access control, fire alarms, etc. They are also regulated and licensed by the PSA. At the beginning of the pandemic when lockdown and all the restrictions...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I support the legislation. Evictions and court orders are not covered by the Private Security Services Act 2004 as it stands and therefore do not fall within the remit of the Private Security Authority. There was probably an expectation that these would be covered but it is only when something occurs that one sees gaps in legislation. The legislation was originally introduced in 2004, at...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Cormac Devlin: I welcome the opportunity to examine the Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2021. Like Deputy Howlin, I remember the implications in 2004 when the Private Security Services Act was brought in to regulate that industry, because it was seen as unregulated. There were implications then, obviously, for various service operators which were welcome. This amending legislation is also...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Question again proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Brendan Howlin: To remind Deputies of my initial comments last week, I welcome the Bill. It is a response to a situation that caused disquiet among many people, namely, the actions of certain individuals in North Frederick Street in 2018. By any stretch of the imagination, those individuals acted in an unacceptable fashion. As such, there was a requirement to deal with the issue that arose in this...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Offices (12 May 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: There is not much I can say in 20 seconds.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Offices (12 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: There is not.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Offices (12 May 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: I will take the 20 seconds to inform the Taoiseach, because he may not know, that his Fianna Fáil colleagues on Dublin City Council voted against the Oscar Traynor proposal because it was flawed. I have to break it to the Taoiseach that the days of gifting vast swathes of public land to private developers are over, as far as we are concerned. I had hoped, given the experience we have...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Offices (12 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I do not think that is relevant to the question.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Offices (12 May 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: Some Fianna Fáil councillors have learned that so, who knows, perhaps there is hope for the Taoiseach yet.

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