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Farrell, Alan

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Eamon Scanlon, Eugene Mu...More Button

The matters raised by Deputies Eamon Scanlon, Eugene Murphy and Marc MacSharry; Charlie McConalogue and Jackie Cahill; and Bríd Smith, Thomas Byrne and Fiona O'Loughlin have been selected for dis...More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

The Minister of State has five minutes to conclude. It is scant time to address all of the issues raised but that, as I am sure the Deputies will understand, is a matter for the Business Committee.More Button

Scouting Ireland: Statements (Resumed)

I thank the Business Committee for agreeing to schedule the resumption of this debate.More Button

The issues arising from the scouting movement are emblematic of Irish society's failure of our children in the distant and not so distant past. Similar issues in many sectors of society have too...More Button

The report into historic abuses is expected to be completed in February. It will be important in terms of ensuring attention is drawn to all aspects of historic abuse and sending the message tha...More Button

Representatives of Scouting Ireland who appeared last week before the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, which I chair, provided an update regarding the files held by the Scouting Ire...More Button

The cases relating to abuse and sexual abuse of children have called the future of the scouting movement in Ireland into question. Many parents are concerned about allowing their children to bec...More Button

There has been discussion on the establishment of a statutory inquiry into allegations of historic child sexual abuse within legacy scouting organisations. Such an investigation would be warrant...More Button

Nothing can right the wrongs suffered by victims of child sexual abuse, but we must do all we can to ensure accountability and that victims are listened to as well as heard. I am aware that thos...More Button

Scouting Ireland: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

Indeed, it has also been brought to my attention that individuals who were not subject to abuse at the hands of those in the scouting movement in the past have also been offered counselling and sup...More Button

Our society has a shameful past when it comes to historical sexual abuse allegations, not just in legacy scouting organisations but also, unfortunately, across a number of sectors. In the past w...More Button

I wish to record my appreciation of the willingness not just of the scouting movement to appear before us but also of the volunteers throughout the country who have been in touch with all Members...More Button

It is a pity the Minister could not be present, but given the lateness of the hour and the fact that the debate was rescheduled, perhaps she thought it would be dealt with tomorrow. It is import...More Button