Wednesday, 2 April 2003
Order of Business.
Paul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
Yesterday, the Leader kindly indicated that she would allow a debate on the Law Reform Commission report on tribunals in the near future. This debate should include the views expressed in an article in the current issue of Public Affairs Ireland by Mr. Justice Smith on related matters. It is disturbing to learn from that article that Ireland is now ranked 23rd in the corruption index, behind Chile and Hong Kong. As this touches on the overall issue of tribunals and their outflow, it should form part of the debate.
I support the views of Senators Brian and Maurice Hayes on the need for a debate on Northern Ireland when the Hillsborough meeting has concluded. As Senator Maurice Hayes suggested, it would be more beneficial and all-embracing if this occurred on the following Tuesday.