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Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (20 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: That is exactly the point. I ask the Tánaiste to assure the House that there is no possibility, under this legislation, of a director of a company who has no knowledge of the carrying out of an illegal act being implicated in the commission of that act. That is the issue. As far as I am concerned, the current wording of this provision - "if a company enters into a transaction or...

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (20 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I agree with what the Tánaiste has said about ignorance of the law, but ignorance of the facts surrounding a criminal act is a much different proposition.

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (20 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: It is the company that is in default.

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (20 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: On the basis of the Tánaiste's assurance that nobody can be found guilty by association or implication, I will agree to this section.

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (20 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I move amendment No. 16: In page 11, to delete lines 3 to 6. This leads us back up the same path. I do not know what our discussion over the past 15 or 20 minutes has achieved. It is there in black and white: "Where a company makes default in complying with this section, the company and every person who at the time of that default is a director of the company shall be guilty of an offence."...

Seanad: Order of Business (21 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Two or three years ago, while channel flicking late at night, I came across a movie, "Song for a Raggy Boy". The end credits confirmed that this horrendous movie was based on real life experiences of children in the institutions we are discussing now. The film crystallised for me the suffering and utter despair endured by these children. It is a credit to the indomitable human spirit that...

Seanad: Order of Business (21 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Swimming Pool Projects (21 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Approximately 16 years ago the people of Loughrea were given a very strong indication that the Government of the day was willing to co-fund the provision of a public swimming pool in that town. At the prompting of the Government and local Fianna Fáil representatives at that time the people of the town engaged in a comprehensive fundraising campaign. I bought one of those £100 tickets, as...

Seanad: Swimming Pool Projects (21 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I understand this €1.7 million is coming from the local authority swimming pool programme pool of funds. The Minister of State said that given the budgetary constraints, it is not intended to launch a new round of the swimming programme at this time and that the matter would be reviewed again later this year. He said Galway County Council has been in discussions with the Department and...

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed) (27 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I welcome the Tánaiste back to the House and hope we can continue in the same spirit of co-operation that was the hallmark of our previous debate. This amendment is about striking a balance between awarding the Director of Corporate Enforcement the powers he needs to carry out his duties and not frightening off anyone from getting involved either in entrepreneurial effort or becoming a...

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed) (27 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Yes, it is.

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed) (27 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Before Senator O'Toole's contribution and after a cursory look at the amendment, I was somewhat conflicted about it. However, having heard the Senator speak, I believe he is employing a subtle and enlightened way of policing the actions of company directors. The previous amendment we dealt with is an instance of employing a machete to remove a tumour. What Senator O'Toole proposes is more...

Seanad: Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Statements (27 May 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I would like to share my time with Senator Cummins. I am 43 years of age and I do not recall in my lifetime a greater veil of shame, horror, angst and despair descending upon this country as a result of what we have heard over recent days. The contribution by Mr. O'Brien on Monday night on RTE laid bare for us all the horror that every single person who was the subject of this report had to...

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages (9 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages (9 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kelleher, to the House and thank him and his colleague, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Deputy Coughlan, for the spirit of co-operation that has endured throughout the debate on this legislation. Fine Gael welcomes the amendment that seeks to attach greater urgency to the process whereby documents are separated and...

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages (9 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Very well.

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages (9 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I move amendment No. 4: In page 6, after line 47, to insert the following: "(vii) the rights of any person who is the subject of the information under the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2003.". The issue of concern to the Fine Gael Party is that sensitive data held within company records could inadvertently find its way into the public domain. On Committee Stage, the Tánaiste undertook to...

Seanad: Companies (Amendment) Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages (9 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: A few weeks ago, we started to try to strike a good balance between conferring on the Director of Corporate Enforcement the sort of powers he needs to do his job correctly and ensuring that those who get involved in entrepreneurial effort in this country - people who become company directors, for example - do not encounter disincentives. I think that balance has been almost achieved at this...

Seanad: European Parliament Irish Constituency Members) Bill 2009: Second Stage (16 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mansergh. I join with him in congratulating all those who have been given the immense honour of representing the nation in the European Parliament and, in particular, our colleague and friend, former Senator Alan Kelly. Members of the European Parliament are currently paid out of their respective national budgets, and at unequal rates ranging from just...

Seanad: Order of Business (18 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Let us imagine a meeting some months ago in either the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism or the Department of Transport at which Ministers and officials were deciding how to tackle head-on the challenge of diminishing tourism numbers. If someone had suggested the idea of charging everyone €10 extra to come and visit, one would assume that person would have been smacked down...

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