Seanad debates

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Parole Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:30 am

Photo of Marie Louise O'DonnellMarie Louise O'Donnell (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Minister of State for his excellent explanation. I learned a long time ago that if one wants something to change or to get it done, one has to keep at it. Members know this as politicians. I have learned this in the House and have tried in every way possible for the past three years to highlight the victims within the law and what happens to them. I know that many changes have been made and I would like a final change to be made with regard to murder and what happens to people who ruin families and lives by wilfully taking away the only thing a person has, his or her life. I have to try in every way possible to keep people's hope and way forward alive, even though it may have been fatally taken from them. That is why I have tried to introduce this legislation in a thousand different ways. I take on board exactly what the Minister of State said, that this is a parole Bill, but there is a sentencing structure within it. I accept that, and I accept this as a fine Bill. It would stop me from coming in under the floorboards in trying to get justice-----


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