Seanad debates

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Criminal Justice Bill 2011: Committee and Remaining Stages


12:00 pm

Photo of Denis O'DonovanDenis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail)

I thank the Minister. Those of us on this side of the House are pleased that this legislation is about to come into force. It is not before time. I would like to mention one aspect of it that will be of practical importance to practising lawyers, gardaĆ­ and those prosecuting these crimes. The Minister has introduced a relatively simple mechanism that will allow the period of detention for questioning to be broken. It will be of great practicality when it is used by lawyers and gardaĆ­. I hope it will benefit the course of justice.


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