Monday, 26 April 2021
EU Regulations (Europol): Motion
Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit chuig an Seanad arís. Sinn Féin will not be opposing the passage of this motion through the Seanad today. Other colleagues have outlined eloquently all the reasons such a motion is felt to be necessary in tackling cross-border and international crime. However, we are parliamentarians and we have an obligation to scrutinise and weigh up such significant legislation and how it might compete against issues of civil liberties and human rights. I therefore welcome the opportunity for the Seanad to debate this issue with the Minister of State, albeit in a very short timeframe.
From our perspective, my colleague in the Lower House, Deputy Martin Kenny, will engage with the Minister of State further on our views on this particular motion. For my own information, however, he might provide clarification on his understanding of the definition of "private parties" and what they constitute in the context of this motion.