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Tuffy, Joanna

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 Nbr. 1


Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

I wish to make a further point in my remarks about access to the professions. In my experience the Law Society of Ireland has many mature students, including people who have reached retirement age...More Button

When proposed legislation is to have a significant impact on some of the stakeholders and when that legislation is controversial, it is crucial to have proper consultation with the stakeholders. T...More Button

In that regard, in the United Kingdom following the publication of the Clementi report, the UK Government responded by publishing a White Paper in October 2005 entitled, The Future of Legal Service...More Button

First, the Minister should have held consultations beforehand, because the Bill moves on significantly from the Competition Authority report in that it does different things to those proposed in th...More Button

It is all very well to go along with what has become part of Irish discourse and to dismiss what certain groups say on the basis that they are vested interests. We are all vested interests in soci...More Button

As the Minister is aware, concerns have been expressed about a number of proposals. One issue of concern is the proposal on multidisciplinary legal practices and legal partnerships. Concerns have...More Button

I do not think the system is ideal and should not be reformed. It should be reformed; perhaps more radically even than what is proposed in the Bill. The view has been expressed that the current s...More Button

Reference has been made to the independence of the proposed authority. It is not just the Bar Council and the Law Society that have raised fears about the lack of independence of the proposed auth...More Button

Other people have made similar criticisms. For example, Prof. Colin Scott, professor of EU regulation and governance at UCD, comments on the issue. He takes a different approach to that proposed ...More Button

The Minister has made much of the fact that the Law Society has recently changed its policy on the handling of complaints procedures. The Law Society recently wrote to the Minister in that regard....More Button

I concur with that view from my experience as a public representative more so than a solicitor. That is the area about which the public is mainly unhappy in terms of the professions regulating the...More Button

Section 68 is not sufficiently enforced even though it is drummed into one when one is training with the Law Society. I have much anecdotal evidence from people I know and constituents that people...More Button

The regulator will consider the question of education. The Law Society and Bar Council do a good job in terms of the education of solicitors and barristers, but some elements could be improved. W...More Button

A more radical step taken by the Bill is the proposed unification of the two professions. A report on unification is to be carried out by the regulator, but that unification is not legislated for ...More Button

The public is used to watching legal dramas from the US where everything is more informal. There is too much pomp and ceremony in how barristers operate. The clothes, dinners and so on make the B...More Button

Competition is not the be all and end all. The Minister might not be aware of it, but there was cut-price conveyancing in my area of west Dublin during the Celtic tiger housing boom. It probably ...More Button

Message from Select Committee

The Select Sub-committee on Health has completed its consideration of the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill 2011 and has made amendments thereto.More Button

Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó...More Button

The matters raised by Deputies Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Pearse Doherty and Michael McCarthy have been selected for discussion.More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Reform

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will give details of his plans to reform local government through the abolition of town councils, a reduction in the number of county councils and a cut in the number of councillors; if he wi...More Button

Written Answers - Adoption Services

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if there any plans to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2010 to allow civil partners adopt and to be considered as joint adoptive parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button