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The effect of the amendment as drafted would be to impose a maximum period of remand in custody of three months for all children. This would create a blunt rule which would apply in all cases relating to children in the criminal justice system, irrespective of the circumstances where a remand in custody may be considered necessary by the courts. This should not occur in the case of minor offences but if a 16 or 17 year old is accused of murder or manslaughter and the Deputy wants to impose a maximum remand of three months when court hearings are not within our control and it is necessary to have a Garda investigation to gather evidence, I do not believe this is wise. For these reasons I am not accepting the amendment.
I want to emphasise another point the Deputy alluded to, which might be the subject of further amendments. We absolutely want to ensure that detention, whether remand or otherwise, is the course of last resort and should never be because Tusla's assistance is required and awaited or because there are child protection issues. That would not be appropriate and will not occur under this Bill.