Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017: Committee Stage
I acknowledge what Senator Boyhan said in reply to my submission of defence on the amendment. I certainly mean no disrespect to Senator McDowell regarding the fact that he is not here. I want to dissociate myself from the comments of Senator Norris as to where Senator McDowell might be. However, I acknowledge what Senator Boyhan said. I would be pleased to go along with his suggestion that he would leave the matter over until Report Stage. That would allow for further reflection and further work to be done. In that regard, I agree with Senator Leyden regarding the need to obviate a total restructuring of this important legislation. I understand we are all keen to ensure there is no further delay in preparing the Bill for Report Stage.
As Senators will be aware, there are a number of international organisations interested in ensuring the enactment of this important legislation. I want to avoid delays, where possible, but I want to ensure that if the Seanad can improve the Bill in any way that we can do so. In that regard, I would be very happy to consult the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Office of the Attorney General in advance of Report Stage where the matter can be resumed, and perhaps in the presence of Senator McDowell, to which some deference has already been made.
I would say to Senator Leyden, and I am conscious to remain within the confines of the debate, that I missed him on my visit to Roscommon.