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 Header Item Pathway to Redress for Victims of Convicted Child Sexual Abusers: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)
 Header Item Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 971 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Willie O'Dea: Information on Willie O'Dea Zoom on Willie O'Dea] We have had a number of Private Members' motions, and I have had one or two of them, where despite the Dáil expressing its will, in a fairly emphatic fashion, the Government has simply refused to act. That is the definition of new politics. Old politics was where the Government had an overall majority and it voted down the Opposition. With new politics, the Government does not have a majority, it loses a vote but it does nothing.

I want to be absolutely clear with the Minister. I agree with Deputy Thomas Byrne in that I believe the Minister feels uncomfortable about this. From my dealings with him on a day to day basis, I know he is a reasonable man. I know he has a conscience and I know he knows that those people have been treated unfairly. In terms of the difference between the State's approach to people in residential institutions and to people who were abused by known abusers in primary day schools, I know the Minister knows that, in effect, there is no difference between them and there is nothing to justify their different treatment by the State. I know he knows all this. I advise him that if this motion is carried in the vote tomorrow, I will do my damnedest to insist this is one occasion on which the will of the Dáil will be made to operate. Let the Minister maintain his amendment, if that is his wish, but let him also know this matter will not finish tonight or tomorrow after the vote.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We cannot have applause in the Gallery.

  Amendment put.

Deputy Thomas Byrne: Information on Thomas Byrne Zoom on Thomas Byrne Vótáil.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl In accordance with Standing Order 70(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time on Thursday, 5 June 2018.

Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

  Amendments Nos. 19 and 20 not moved.

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan I move amendment No. 21:

In page 12, line 9, to delete "that section" and substitute "section 40(1)(b)".

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Is the amendment being pressed?

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan Yes, but I will not call a vote on it.

  Amendment put and declared lost.

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan I move amendment No. 22:

In page 12, line 10, to delete "on the roadside during the month of August" and substitute "for the purpose of ensuring the safe use of public roads during the period 1st March to 31st August".


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