Thursday, 20 January 2011
Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009: Committee and Remaining Stages
Feargal Quinn (Independent)
I understand exactly the point made by Senator Regan but we do not want to place any hindrance in creating good law in the fight against crime. Like Senator Bacik, I thought the sum of money to be quite substantial. If we are looking at the goal of being the hub of e-commerce - it may not happen now - each time we take a step that is out of line with other countries and that brings about extra burden will make the process more difficult. On the other hand, I understand exactly the point being made, especially that the State should not subsidise companies for elements that would be of benefit to them.
I am disappointed the amendment will not be taken but we all want to support the fight against crime. It is not just this point and there are a number of other amendments covering the same area.