Seanad debates

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Parole Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:30 am

Photo of Rónán MullenRónán Mullen (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I commend Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell on bringing forward this important amendment. Just as I supported her Private Members' Bill last week, I am very happy to support the amendment. I support the principle that judges should be in a position to make a recommendation. As I pointed out last week, and it arises here again, the precise amendment we are looking at would provide that a sentencing judge may impose a specified period. I would be happy to support that at this point because the principle underlying this is that unless and until we have a system of the type described by Senator Bacik in her contribution-----


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