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Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (20 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I move amendment No. 87:In page 29, line 3, after "concerned" to insert the following:", having regard to the objective that the membership of the judiciary should comprise equal numbers of women and men". Senator Bacik stated she wishes to withdraw that amendment but wants liberty to re-enter it on Report Stage. Having moved it, I will withdraw it.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (20 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: On a point of order, there are not many Members present and Senator Craughwell's contribution should be listened to by an appropriate number of Senators.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (20 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The idea of a quorum is that people remain.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (20 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Is the idea of the quorum not for people to remain for the debate?

Seanad: Order of Business (13 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I refer to the cervical smear scandal and the continuing fallout. We were all rocked last April when it emerged that Vicky Phelan had refused to sign the gagging order and lifted the lid on the scandal of the year. It is ongoing. With many others, I was shocked to hear that the interim director general of the HSE, Ms Anne O'Connor, had said she was concerned about the length of time it had...

Seanad: Order of Business (13 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: This issue should be the focus of the Department of Justice and Equality, not that ridiculous Bill that is taking up so much time when we have women who are very ill and dying and cannot access justice in a timely manner. Justice delayed is justice denied. We cannot stand over justice being denied to the women affected by this outrageous scandal.

Seanad: Order of Business (13 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: There has been no obstruction from Fianna Fáil.

Seanad: Order of Business (13 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I am not heckling.

Seanad: Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (13 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State for his overview of this very important Bill which Fianna Fáil will support. Increased sentences for these crimes are very important, but the Government has failed to establish a sentencing commission, meaning that when this legislation is in place, there will continue to be huge inconsistencies in sentencing. In April 2018 a judge, in sentencing a man who...

Seanad: Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018: Second Stage (13 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I commend Senator Ruane and her team for bringing before the House this excellent proposed legislation. Senator Ruane outlined in very clear and concise terms why this legislation is absolutely needed. It is a human rights issue and a compassionate piece of legislation. Irish people are known to be a compassionate people. We all have had second chances in our lives in one form or another....

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Garda Stations (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State for coming to the House to debate this important issue.I am looking for an update on the reopening of Rush Garda station. Rush station was one of the six Garda stations that were announced in November 2017 to be reopened as part of a pilot project. That was November 2017 and now we are in February 2019 and I am looking for an update. The people of Rush were...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Garda Stations (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State for his comprehensive answer. It is great that the project is progressing at this rate. I am pleased the Minister of State has given a final date of summer 2019. I have tried to pin down the Minister on several occasions. Obviously, things were progressing. It is good the Department is moving towards the final point in this and I note the tender documents...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Senator Ardagh is not present today, so it is me.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: No bother. I forgive you. I continue to raise the concerns about the national children's hospital. I was once again out and about in north County Dublin knocking on doors and it was again the main topic of conversation. Everyone wanted to talk about the massive overruns. There is now a shift in focus from the massive overruns to where we are going to get the money to plug the gap. We...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Perhaps one of the reasons €30 million is coming from the transport budget is that the Minister's focus is elsewhere.We will be back debating the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill following the Order of Business. He is concerning himself with judicial appointments and the reopening of Garda stations and taking his eye off the ball. A total of 30% of this year's overrun must be...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Sinn Féin has no Ministers in the North.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It is allowing civil servants to run it. It may as well do what it is doing in the North.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It is peak Mary Lou.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I was not. I was on the picket line.

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