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McGrath, Mattie

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3

Order of Business

Will the Taoiseach or the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, bring forward legislation promised in the programme for Government on the outrageous carry-on of rehiring retire...More Button

I am asking whether a Bill will come forward to deal with this matter.More Button

Is it?More Button

It is scandalous.More Button

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Bill 2011: Second Stage

According to the Minister, the main objective of the Bill is to apply the provisions of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003 to states other than European Union member states. It also makes proced...More Button

I am not sure where the rush is coming from to implement these provisions. The Minister has cited the need fundamentally to overhaul the provisions in this area, but I am concerned he may be using...More Button

I am entirely supportive of extradition in respect of serious crimes, where it is done legally. The equation of a common judicial space with common laws has untold merits in bolstering the capacit...More Button

Under European arrest warrant law, local police are obliged to arrest a suspect without any evidence of a crime being presented. Surely that should be a no-go area, especially in respect of third ...More Button

The Bill provides for a no-questions-asked approach to extradition and is, therefore, fundamentally flawed. A person can be picked up and handed over to the authorities of another country, without...More Button

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The Bill must be pressure tested and there must be engagement with all of the groups that wish to have a say. The Minister cannot consult the Judiciary on such matters but, as I said, there have b...More Button

In this country one can receive legal aid, or employ barristers if one can afford them, to fight to prove one’s innocence. It is much more difficult if one is extradited to a country where l...More Button

The subject of a warrant is prohibited from raising issues concerning what he or she is being accused of in the executing state, a situation which surely paves the way to injustice. We can questio...More Button

Significant details that are contained in the Bill presuppose the guilt of the requested person without the necessity to prove or produce evidence. We need tangible evidence, and for anyone to be ...More Button

The removal of double criminality as a feature of this legislation also gives rise to serious questions. Some of the offences under the European arrest warrant lists are readily identifiable as cr...More Button

The Minister says we need reform, which is probably true, but I question the rush to supersede all reforms that have already taken place in just a couple of amendments. Root and branch reform is r...More Button

I look forward to further debate on this. I hope the Minister will provide an opportunity for a broad discussion and allow the NGOs and organisations I mentioned, as well as legal representatives ...More Button

Regulation of Debt Management Advisors Bill 2011: Second Stage

I am delighted to be able to speak to the Bill brought forward by my namesake, Deputy Michael McGrath. I commend him, as I commend anyone who makes a reasonable effort to lessen the savage impact ...More Button

The Bill is an effort to regulate those who have set up as money advisers, of whom there are hundreds. There are all kinds of experts. However, if we check their credentials, we find they do not ...More Button

We are completely preoccupied with paying off the unsecured debts of failed banks which robbed the people. Bank robbers used to be outside the banks, but they were working inside during the boom y...More Button

I do not know what kind of democracy this country is or what the people think of us, but morale is low among the people. It behoves every Member of the Oireachtas to deal with this problem. Peopl...More Button

Debate adjourned.More Button

The Dáil adjourned at 9 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.More Button