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 Header Item Personal Insolvency Bill 2012: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)
 Header Item Message from Select Committee
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2012: Message from Select Committee

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 781 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter] We have been trial-testing the legislation by examining it section by section and seeing how, in practice, it would pan out in different debt scenarios, as suggested by Deputy Donnelly. Doing so is throwing up further issues we may need to address. We believe we can do so in a timely fashion during the debate in the Seanad and bring the issues back to the House. I hope I have responded fully to the query raised by Deputy Niall Collins.

I thank Members, particularly the three present in the Chamber, for the attention they have given to the Bill. The debate and discussion we had is very important. I have been on that side of the House for far too many years and they should not be dispirited by virtue of the fact we could not take on board some of the amendments tabled. Members performed an important function in tabling amendments because it gave an opportunity to tease out aspects of the Bill. It provided food for thought and in teasing out the issues, it affords us the possibility that some issue that had not been addressed comes out of left field and one realises it must be addressed. I thank the three Members present for their dedication and their contribution.

I hope the legislation will have been enacted by the time we get to Christmas. For our part, we will do everything possible to ensure it is successful in addressing the issues we are trying to address. I am of the view none of us has a monopoly on wisdom and it may turn out, in its application, to have an unintended consequence no one predicted. That may need to be addressed and, if so, we will do so with speed. I thank my officials for their substantial work on the Bill. On occasion in this House we do not acknowledge the extraordinary work of officials in Departments.

Deputy Niall Collins: Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins They can have tomorrow off.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn We tried to finish it as quickly as we could.

  Question put and agreed to.

Message from Select Committee

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has completed its consideration of the Europol Bill 2012 and has made amendments thereto.

Estimates for Public Services 2012: Message from Select Committee

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for public services for the year ending 31 December 2012: Vote 35 — Army pensions.

  Sitting suspended at 7.15 p.m. and resumed at 7.30 p.m.


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