Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)
Let me remind Senators of the later section 49, Statement to Houses of the Oireachtas, and respectfully submit to those who tabled this amendment that it should be submitted on that section, rather than on section 45. Section 49 contains elements of the amendment shared across the House. I will seek to have removed from the Bill section 49(2) and (3), which relate to the publication of reasoned written explanations of any decision not to nominate a person recommended by the commission, along the lines of what Senators have been saying here, with which I do not disagree. The amendment we are discussing goes further than the later amendment No. 97, which we will have an opportunity to discuss. I do not want to cut across or contradict section 49 and for that reason I am not accepting the amendment.