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Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I move amendment No. 4:In page 9, between lines 13 and 14, to insert the following:“(4) Within three months of the Commissioner coming to such an agreement as outlined in this section, the Minister shall require from the Ombudsman a report outlining the nature, purpose and value of this agreement to the objectives in subsection (1), and the Minister shall cause a copy of this report to...

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I move amendment No. 3:In page 7, between lines 31 and 32, to insert the following: “(4) Within three months of the Commissioner coming to such an agreement as outlined in this section, the Minister shall require from the Commissioner a report outlining the nature, purpose and value of this agreement to the objectives in subsection (1), and the Minister shall cause a copy of this...

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Ultimately, it would be just a report and I do not accept it would be problematic. The value would be partially subjective. It would be for the Garda Commissioner or Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to provide an evaluation that states what either considers to be the value of the agreement, either for the Garda or GSOC or for the corresponding jurisdiction. That is the purpose...

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: To a large extent I agree with what Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan said about inadequate procedures for victims in the South. Having said that, I do not believe this amendment is heavily weighted in one direction or another. It simply is to ensure the potential for oversight. I hope that any legislation that would exist in the North - we would argue for it likewise - and the British legislation...

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I move amendment No. 2:In page 5, between lines 2 and 3, to insert the following:“(6) (a) Where a decision is made by the Garda Commissioner to refuse in full or in part the request for assistance, the Coroner who made the request may seek a review of this decision by a Judge of the High Court. (b) The request for a review shall be made in writing to the President of the High Court,...

Taisceadán (Valuable Property Register) Bill 2019: First Stage (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I move:That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the establishment of Taisceadán, a Register of items of personal property to be managed by An Garda Síochána to assist in the identification of items of personal property, for the purposes of investigation of crime, for the repatriation of items of property and to provide for related matters. I wish...

Taisceadán (Valuable Property Register) Bill 2019: First Stage (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: The Bill involves a simple but practical concept. Every community in Ireland has been affected adversely by the significant rate of theft of property, in particular valuable property. That theft can have enormous consequences, including for people's livelihoods. The theft of farm equipment has increased by 40% in recent times and almost €8 million worth of tools and equipment were...

Taisceadán (Valuable Property Register) Bill 2019: First Stage (11 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: It is important that Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan has moved this amendment. It is right that this jurisdiction is moving forward with legislation, which is overdue, but there must be accompanying action from Britain. On the text of the amendment, it is not necessarily the case that we should avoid legislating because of the absence of legislation in Britain. However, the lack of action is...

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 10 o’clock I am supporting this legislation but, like Deputy O'Callaghan, I regret we are dealing with the legislation in this way. This agreement was reached in excess of four years ago but this legislation will have progressed from publication to being passed in 13 days. The timeline from publication to the first deadline for the submission of amendments was four days. The...

Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I support the amendment but will await the Minister of State's response on community not-for-profit education. It is reasonable to exempt that sector but it may be the case that it is already accepted under the cover of the ETBs. In any event, it is a reasonable proposition and a good amendment which is supported by Aontas, which is one of the organisations that has been vocal on the issue....

Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018: From the Seanad (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I wish to take the opportunity to acknowledge members of the Elephant Collective who are in the Gallery. They have campaigned for this legislation and I wish to acknowledge their contribution to this debate.

Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018: From the Seanad (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: This seems a sensible amendment to valuable and comprehensive legislation. Sinn Féin will support it. I thank the Minister for his remarks and express my appreciation for his engagement and co-operation on a number of issues and across various debates. I also thank his officials in the Department of Justice and Equality who regularly made themselves available.

Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions (Amendment) Bill 2019 [Seanad]: Second and Subsequent Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: We will be supporting this legislation although we have some reservations about elements of it. The State has a desperate legacy in respect of the women in the Magdalen laundries. It is not an item that can be considered in isolation. It is part of a wider network and system of institutionalisation that extended to mother and baby homes, county homes and other institutions. It really is a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Spent Convictions: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I will try to pop in occasionally.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Spent Convictions: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I welcome the Bill. It is good legislation. Like Deputy O'Callaghan, I find people come into my clinic occasionally to ask about their situation and whether the spent convictions legislation would apply to them. Even before the facts of their cases are out of their mouths, I am thinking it probably would not apply to them. When the facts have been put before me, I have found the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Spent Convictions: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Has there been much change in that rate over the years? Have we made progress or fallen back?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Spent Convictions: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I imagine people who have convictions or who have spent time in prison experience a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment. Does Ms Ní Chinnéide know what rate that is?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Spent Convictions: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Very often, one could have a number of offences related to a single incident. Is there any scope to consolidate that particular incident for the purposes of spent convictions? There might be more than two convictions and, in fact, more than two serious convictions, but those might have been applied in respect of the same act or incident.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Spent Convictions: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: To an extent, this is about information. It is about how it exists and who has access to that information on spent convictions, albeit there are wider implications. The witnesses might have reflections on other regimes as well as ours. While access to the information is restricted, is it deleted entirely or simply held in a secure manner by An Garda Síochána? How does that work...

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