Tuesday, 11 June 2019
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
I received a letter on parole board reviews from Councillor Suzanne Doyle and several other members of Kildare County Council, and I am sure Members on the other side of the House have also received some literature on this matter. As far as I am aware there is a review going on. Ray Quinn, who has campaigned on this for several years, has come up with a couple of very logical proposals in respect of minimum jail sentences for crimes such as murder, and for parole boards to seek advice and input from local gardaí, on the use of electronic tagging and on appointing a victims' representative on the parole board. These are logical and practical amendments that could be made to the Bill, if it comes to this House. Will the Leader find out when this proposed legislation will come here, or ask the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Flanagan, to address the House on the review that is going on because this needs to be addressed?