Seanad debates

Friday, 4 December 2009

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages


11:00 am

Photo of Feargal QuinnFeargal Quinn (Independent)

We, in this House, have often criticised Ministers and the system. One of the most frequent criticisms is about when we rush legislation through without a gap between Committee Stage and Report Stage. I congratulate the Minister of State for accepting the basis of Senator O'Toole's concerns. His amendments have been adjusted, but in a manner that recognises exactly what he wished to achieve. The Senator has withdrawn the other amendments on that basis.

Deferring Report Stage until today was the correct thing to do. We should never have Committee Stage and Report Stage one after the other. I thank the Minister of State for that. I thank Senator O'Toole in particular for his work. He spoke to me previously about his concerns on the matter. It is clear that if the legislation had gone through unchanged it would not have solved the problems that arose in the past. I congratulate the Minister of State for accepting the gist of what Senator O'Toole wished to achieve and I thank him for so doing.


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