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  • Subjects (based on headings added by the Dáil record): Defence Forces, Education Policy, Prison Service Staff, Covid-19 Pandemic Supports, Ukraine War

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Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Defence (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (23 May 2024)

“I will briefly speak in support of Deputy Howlin's contribution. It makes perfect sense. I am very supportive of the principle and concept as well, particularly with regard to the separation of headquarters. For instance, Garda headquarters is not embedded in the Department of Justice. It is completely separate and rightly so. It has a certain amount of operational independence as well,...”

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Defence (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (23 May 2024)

“I want to speak in support of both suggestions. The bottom line is that the singular focus of the defence apparatus at the moment should be recruitment and retention. Reducing people's constitutional rights would be highly unlikely to incentivise someone to join or stay. One of the reasons the Defence Forces are in a bit of difficulty is that people were silenced and could not speak up....”

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Defence (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (23 May 2024)

“The fundamental question is whether we should elevate these secondary regulations to primary legislation at all. Should we be nesting this in primary legislation? Are we distracting ourselves from what we should be doing? Is it necessary?”

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