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Byrne, Eric J.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 Nbr. 5


Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill, 1996 [ Seanad ] : Second Stage (Resumed).

It is sad that we should be debating civil liability after the unfortunate death of Mrs. McCole. My heart goes out to all the women and their families affected by contaminated blood products.More Button

I applaud this excellent Bill. It brings Irish society into the 21st century because it addresses the issue of compensation for mental distress and fatal injuries in actions which are brought unde...More Button

I am sure the Bill will pass without controversy. Given that the Bill deals with civil liability, it raises the hornet's nest of the “compo culture”. No person claiming for mental distress after ...More Button

What is happening in society with regard to liability and compensation is worrying. In the past ten years the system of civil and public liability has been turned into a gold-mine which is being ...More Button

I am sure Members will not be surprised when I remind them that it is a common sight, particularly in poorer communities, to see large billboards proclaiming the words, “make sure you receive the c...More Button

In recent months I have noticed a proliferation of solicitors' billboards metaphorically inviting punters to search for a loose paving stone, make a hefty claim for compensation and get a sizeable ...More Button

It might be argued that the people are only using the laws the Oireachtas has given them and that is hard to deny. We have read and heard of the abuses in this area. We are familiar with these ty...More Button

Public sector bodies and those seeking to service the public sector are currently facing a spiralling compensation crisis which in the long term may impact on the quality of services and amenities...More Button

Although this is not the main element being addressed in the Bill, given that there is a compensatory element in it I took this opportunity to outline the concerns of many people about civil liabil...More Button

Sack the solicitor.More Button

Written Answers. - Cultural Development Incentives Scheme.

Asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht: the projects which have been approved for funding under the cultural development incentives scheme; the plans, if any, he has for the further development of the scheme; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Written Answers. - Privileges and Immunities.

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs: the range of privileges and immunities enjoyed by embassy and diplomatic staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Tallaght (Dublin) Gaelscoil.

Asked the Minister for Education: her views regarding the proposals to build a permanent gaelscoil at the designated site on the corner of Tymon Park and Greenhills Road, Dublin 12; her views on the current debate between South Dub...More Button

Written Answers. - Redeployment of Gardaí.

Asked the Minister for Justice: the number of gardaí who were sent to patrol the Border during the BSE scare from Garda stations in Crumlin Village, Sundrive Road, Kevin Street, Kilmainham, Rathmines and Terenure; the numb...More Button

Written Answers. - Execution of Bench Warrant.

Asked the Minister for Justice: if the bench warrant for the arrest of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 12 has been executed in view of her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 491 of 25 September 1996; if not, the reason ther...More Button