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Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

James Browne: I take Deputy Kenny's comments on board. The broader piece is very important. In any instance where there is violent crime, education is critical, whatever the causes of the crime. Tackling socioeconomic problems and taking a wrap-around approach is also important. That is what we are doing with the antisocial behaviour forum. We are trying to find a way to look at the different causes...

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Jim O'Callaghan: I thank the Minister of State and my colleagues, Deputies Devlin and Kenny, for their contributions. It has been most beneficial that we have had this debate. As all speakers have recognised, changing this law is not really going to resolve the problem. Legislation itself is a very blunt instrument. Therefore, when we introduce legislation into this House, sometimes it can generate a...

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Question put and agreed to.

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Before we finish, earlier today I noted that this is our final day of the session of this Dáil. It is also, as Deputy O'Callaghan has just pointed out, likely to be our final sitting here in the convention centre as it is expected we will make a full return to Leinster House in September. As many Deputies have said, there has been a significant disruption to the lives of Deputies and...

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

The Dáil adjourned at at 5.08 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 15 September 2021.

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Martin Kenny: I thank Deputy O'Callaghan, the proposer of the Bill. It is an important debate to have in the House. Much of this came from several incidents in the early part of the year. A woman from Mongolia who worked as a cleaner was stabbed not far from where the House is sitting. Such tragedies that are suffered by families really bring into sharp focus the need to do something on these issues....

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Go raibh maith agat, a Theachta.

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

James Browne: I echo the sentiments of Deputy Devlin in thanking the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, the Ceann Comhairle, the ushers and other staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the staff in the convention centre and the members of An Garda Síochána who assisted us. They have done Trojan work over the recent period in keeping us all safe and effective as we did our work in the convention centre. ...

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Cormac Devlin: Like my colleague, I welcome the opportunity to examine the Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021. I thank the Deputy for introducing this Bill last March. It seeks to increase the maximum prison sentence that can be imposed for the possession of knives. The Bill is a direct response to the increase in knife crime we have witnessed, unfortunately, in the capital and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I welcome the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and thank her for all of her co-operation over the past year. I know she differs with me ferociously on this issue. I have acknowledged all of the good work of An Taisce. I have been involved in the green schools campaign and have worked with Tidy Towns groups all of my life. I acknowledge the good work An Taisce has done but I believe we need to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: I share Deputy Mattie McGrath's sentiments. We welcome the work An Taisce does with regard to the clean-up. I am been involved in the clean-ups in Limerick, as have all my family, neighbours and friends. That is a plus and a positive. The negative is what An Taisce is doing on the other side. The Minister of State has just said that it invoiced us for €675,000 during 2020. I want...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: An Taisce is a non-governmental organisation active in the areas of the environment and built heritage in Ireland. The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications has no statutory function in respect of this organisation. The Department provides An Taisce with funding for a variety of initiatives, including the national spring clean, Irish Business Against Litter, the national...

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Jul 2021)

Jim O'Callaghan: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I will share my time with Deputy Devlin, who I believe is to speak for five minutes. I welcome the opportunity to commence the Second Stage debate on the Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2021. Fianna Fáil and I introduced this legislation last March because of the increasing concern of the parliamentary party...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (15 Jul 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: In fairness, none of the questions I asked about accountability have been addressed by the Minister of State whatsoever. This is a serious problem. We need clarification with regard to who is behind these decisions. She mentioned that HSE support was provided to the nursing homes. That is not exactly true. Further freedom of information documents I have received show that on 19 October...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (15 Jul 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: The pandemic has been a particularly difficult time for all residents, relatives and staff of our nursing homes. As the House will be aware, the Covid-19 nursing home expert panel established last year provided a comprehensive report and package of recommendations in respect of the ongoing response to Covid-19 and longer-term strategic reform of the care of older persons. Many of the short...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

An Taisce

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

Mattie McGrath: Thank you, a Cheann Comhairle. I wish you well as we break up this evening. I thank you for your co-operation and I thank the team, including Peter Finnegan and everyone else, for their help throughout this term. Thank you for selecting this Topical Issue matter, which is important. An Taisce has done brilliant work in the schools competitions, Tidy Towns competitions, green flag...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: I fully agree with all the sentiments from Deputy McGrath. There should be a full investigation into where the funding of An Taisce is going. An Taisce should have made a submission on the fever hospital in Croom. Those involved never made any application on it. They were asked afterwards and they blamed Covid-19. They are funded for certain cases. Where An Taisce should be doing...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Taisce (15 Jul 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank the Deputies for raising this issue. The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has no legal function in respect of An Taisce. The Department provides An Taisce with funding for a variety of initiatives, including the National Spring Clean, Irish Business Against Litter, national anti-litter league and green schools programme. All payments made to An Taisce are...

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