Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: Referral to Joint Committee
That the proposal that Seanad Éireann, noting that the Government on 1st December, 2011 nominated Mr. Simon O'Brien, Mr. Kieran Fitzgerald and Ms. Carmel Foley for appointment by the President to be members of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and Mr. Simon O'Brien to be its chairperson, recommends, pursuant to section 65(1)(b) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, that Mr. Simon O'Brien and Mr. Kieran Fitzgerald be appointed and that Ms. Carmel Foley be re-appointed by the President to be members, and Mr. Simon O'Brien to be chairperson, of the Commission, be referred to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, in accordance with Standing Order 70A(3), which, not later than 9th December, 2011, shall send a message to the Seanad in the manner prescribed in Standing Order 73, and Standing Order 75(2) shall accordingly apply.
The Seanad Divided:
For the motion: 33 (Ivana Bacik, Sean Barrett, Terry Brennan, Colm Burke, Deirdre Clune, Paul Coghlan, Michael Comiskey, Maurice Cummins, Jim D'Arcy, Michael D'Arcy, John Gilroy, Jimmy Harte, Fidelma Healy Eames, James Heffernan, Imelda Henry, Lorraine Higgins, Caít Keane, John Kelly, Denis Landy, Fiach MacConghail, Maire Maloney, Mary Moran, Tony Mulcahy, Michael Mullins, Catherine Noone, Marie Louise O'Donnell, Susan O'Keeffe, Pat O'Neill, Feargal Quinn, Tom Shehan, Jillian van Turnhout, John Whelan, Katherine Zappone)
Against the motion: 15 (Thomas Byrne, David Cullinane, Mark Daly, Terry Leyden, Rónán Mullen, David Norris, Darragh O'Brien, Ned O'Sullivan, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Averil Power, Kathryn Reilly, Jim Walsh, Mary White)
Tellers: Tá, Senators Paul Coghlan and Susan O'Keeffe; Níl, Senators Terry Leyden and Ned O'Sullivan..
Question declared carried.