Seanad debates

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:30 am

Photo of Alice-Mary HigginsAlice-Mary Higgins (Independent)

I am satisfied that, legally, there is sufficient security but I am concerned about the communications aspects of this provision and I believe it is a matter that we need to keep under review. I ask that the Minister of State seek to monitor if there are circumstances whereby, for example, persons accept entry into a private residence because they believe they must under the law and that there is clarity in that regard. I believe more needs to be done in terms of communication on this issue. I accept that, legally, it is clear. I will not press the amendment because I do not think that legislation is the place to express my concern on this matter. I thank the Minister of State for his reassurance. I hope that others are made aware of the clarification he provided.


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