Wednesday, 24 November 2021
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
Mary Seery Kearney (Fine Gael)
I rise to support you, a Chathaoirligh. It began with a specific instance where, perhaps, a specific victim might have been referenced. I listened carefully and agreed with Senator Crowe's statement to the House, to be fair. He moved it to the policy issue. I would extend that to say that perhaps we need mandatory requirements regarding specific categories, home invasions and so forth. However, the Director of Public Prosecutions always has the opportunity to appeal the severity or lack of severity of a sentence, and for us to comment on any individual would undermine that and undermine the hearing of that case. We must be fastidious in keeping that very strict boundary in respect of the possibility of us interfering with the operation of the courts and being seen to criticise a judge. That is what distinguishes us from other countries that appear to interfere. The separation of powers is what distinguishes our democracy and holds it above many others, much to my pride. I support you, a Chathaoirligh.