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Kenny, Martin

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

I also wish to raise the Building Community Resilience report by Dr. Johnny Connolly. It stated in the report that just over 1% of people in the community concerned were involved in this criminal ...More Button

In each year between 2008 and 2014, there was a cut in the funding to the drugs task force. Since 2014, there has been a freeze in the money for the drugs task force. While we cannot freeze ren...More Button

I invite the Taoiseach to make a commitment from Government that the funding will be restored to the drugs task force and we will ensure that these communities get the kind of funding they requir...More Button

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill 2019: First Stage

This Bill is warranted in the context of so many young women who fall foul of sexual violence and sexual attack and do not come forward. Very often, they do not come forward because of what they r...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

The Taoiseach mentioned various infrastructure projects that are going ahead throughout the State. All of that is welcome where it is happening. I want to take this opportunity to raise healthcar...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

Will the Taoiseach use whatever emphasis is required in speaking to the Minister for Health to ensure that this unique infrastructure, the only facility in the country offering a holiday home for p...More Button

These people have few choices in life. They should be given a choice as to where they avail of respite services. I implore the Taoiseach to use whatever influence he can to make that happen.More Button

National Economic and Social Council (Continued)

Last year, the NESC published its important report No. 145, entitled Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland’s Broken System, which described the housing system as specul...More Button

It is the opposite.More Button

Civil Service Renewal Plan (Continued)

The Civil Service renewal programme was launched five years ago by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and earlier this year, it was lauded for the improved gender balance across the Ci...More Button

Does the Taoiseach believe the Government is doing enough about this? Clearly, it is not. What actions is the Department of the Taoiseach taking to drive the objective of gender parity in senio...More Button

Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

I welcome the legislation and I commend Senator Ó Céidigh and the other Senators for bringing it forward. The truth is that perjury is something we have had in our society for a long time. As Dep...More Button

We are in a different age now, for better or for worse, and the act of perjury is something we see happening at a more accelerated rate in our society. In many of the commentaries we see in news...More Button

The Bill, as the Minister outlined, goes into some detail as to how this can operate. However, we need to ensure there are safeguards in place. We all know of situations where a person has a ge...More Button

Where we are in agreement is on cases in which people make fraudulent claims and set themselves up to make a killing without any due process or proper basis for that claim to be brought forward.More Button

The Senators have done a great deal of work and a great service to the State by bringing this Bill forward. In fairness to the Government, it is welcome that it has accepted the Bill and is movi...More Button

It is important to acknowledge that the number of people who engage in fraudulent or exaggerated claims is very small. We must also recognise and be conscious of the fact that the insurance indu...More Button

This is not to say that the issue of perjury does not need to be dealt with appropriately. This legislation does that. We see ongoing issues in this regard, not just from the point of view of i...More Button

The advance of this Bill as quickly as possible through these Houses in the time we have left would be a very welcome development. I again commend the Bill. Senator Ó Céidigh is here with us an...More Button

Domestic Violence: Statements (Continued)

We all have long experience of speaking on this issue. I was a member of Leitrim County Council for many years. Many people came to me privately to talk about the situations they were in. I have...More Button

The family law centre in Smithfield has been mentioned. I believe it would be more than appropriate to ensure a solid commitment to make that a reality. When many of the women I have spoken to ...More Button

It is about a year ago since a particular woman came to me. She was from a different part of the country and she had moved to Leitrim. She had two little boys. She told me of her experience. ...More Button

I remember another woman who was a friend of my mother - my mother is in her 80s now. The woman told me how she lived all her life with a man who beat her. Given the type of society we had at t...More Button

I realise the Minister of State, like everyone in the House, has come across similar situations. However, if we are going to make a difference we have to change what we are doing. Clearly, the ...More Button

Women's Aid highlighted another issue that would be easy to work with. The organisation said linkages should be developed between the family and criminal law courts so that information on domest...More Button

This debate is welcome but we have a great deal of work to do. We need to come together collectively to make a difference.More Button