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 Header Item Criminal Law (Child Grooming) Bill 2014: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)
 Header Item Criminal Law (Child Grooming) Bill 2014: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members]

Friday, 10 July 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 886 No. 5

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe] Where it is necessary to employ the criminal law specifically to target child sexual grooming, the provisions to be included in the criminal law (sexual offences) Bill, which incorporate the concepts of the Bill before us, will effectively strengthen and extend the current law criminalising grooming behaviour. The law will cover more eventualities and can intervene at an earlier stage where behaviour indicative of child grooming comes to light.

I again thank the Deputy for introducing this Bill and the Members of the House for their contributions.

Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy I thank all the Members who spoke in support of the Bill, in particular the Opposition Members, Deputies Niall Collins and McLellan. I also acknowledge my colleague, Deputy Mitchell O'Connor, for her contribution. The Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality would have spoken on the Bill today but, unfortunately, it clashes with a meeting of the select committee.

At long last we, as a society, are waking up to the type of criminal out there. These people can be in their own homes or on the Internet in another country and they are willing to prey on our children, objectify them and use them for their own gratification. We need to recognise this is happening and make every effort possible to protect our children and future children in our society.

I was delighted to hear the Minister of State, Deputy Kehoe, say that the Minister for Justice and Equality is accepting the Bill and that the Government is not opposing it. I look forward to the provisions of the Bill appearing in the criminal law (sexual offences) Bill. The specific actions and behaviours that constitute grooming are changing from decade to decade or even from year to year.

I again thank Members for their contributions and I look forward to the Bill moving to the next Stage in its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas.

  Question put and agreed to.

Criminal Law (Child Grooming) Bill 2014: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members]

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt As this is a Private Members' Bill, it must, under Standing Orders 82A and 118, be referred to a select or special committee. The relevant committee is the Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.

Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy I move:

That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, in accordance with Standing Orders 82A3(a) and 118 of the Orders of Reference of that committee.

  Question put and agreed to.

  Sitting suspended at 10.45 a.m. and resumed at 11 a.m.


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