Thursday, 20 January 2011
Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009: Committee and Remaining Stages
Feargal Quinn (Independent)
I add my words to those of Senator Regan. The objective of the amendments was to improve the Bill in the fight against crime. I fully support the objective of the legislation and the fight against crime, and I know all Members present do so. I congratulate the Minister of State on handling this Bill with limited experience of it, although I understand he handled it in the other House. Therefore, he clearly has some experience of it. It is good legislation and is needed. It surprised me that it has taken so long to pass it. It pertains to EU regulations from 2006 and it was introduced in November 2009, but it is better late than never. I congratulate the Minister of State on passing it so efficiently.