Seanad debates

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Child Care Inquiry Report: Statements


2:00 pm

Photo of Alex WhiteAlex White (Labour)

I will finish on this because it is an important issue. That order should not have been allowed stand. It should have been contested.

We can rail all we want about right wing groups, small groups and so on. I find those groups getting involved equally annoying but we do have free access to the courts. I do not suppose anybody is advocating that we prevent access to the courts and sometimes these bodies, be they big or small, weird or otherwise, will assist people to go to court.

The test for us as a society, for the Health Service Executive and all of us is that we recognise when these kinds of applications ought to be contested and not try to stop people bringing them. Lawyers are often asked if somebody can go to court. Plenty of people can go to court. The question is whether they can succeed if it is contested. That is what should have happened.


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