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Ferris, Anne

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to speak about this very progressive legislation. The Bill is one which, when enacted, will allow those who have made mistakes in the past the opportunity to move on with...More Button

I also met four Supreme Court judges who strongly advocated the community court model. They each specialised in certain areas, for example, drugs, mental health issues or war veterans; therefore...More Button

That said, I am happy the Minister has pursued the Bill and commend the work that has gone into it. However, while I am pleased with the overall intent, there is space for improvements. The Mer...More Button

For some, being homeless led to crime which in turn led to imprisonment. For others, it was being released from prison that led directly to homelessness. The Mercy Law Centre states that the link...More Button

The matter of enforcement has also been brought up and a question has arisen as to whether the investigative powers of the Data Protection Commissioner should be extended to complaints under this...More Button

People who have made minor mistakes in the past should have the right to move on with their lives without the constant reminder.More Button