Bacik, Ivana

Friday, 16 October 2020

Seanad Éireann Debate
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Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages

I welcome the Minister and the opportunity to debate this important Bill, albeit that we had proposed an amendment to the Order of Business to delay the taking of Report Stage today. It is most un...More Button

  I support Senator Higgins's amendments. I reiterate her point on the need for a clear rationale as to why the legislation is necessary. I raised on Second Stage that despite the brief...More Button

  The second rationale is that this legislation is to provide further for the transfer of a database and related records to Tusla, to enable Tusla to access the database for purposes of d...More Button

  Senator Higgins's amendments in this grouping seek to address this issue and to provide for a role for the Adoption Authority. It is not clear why the Adoption Authority does not have ...More Button

I thank the Minister for engaging on the question that I had asked about the rationale for the Bill in the context of these amendments tabled by Senator Higgins. I understand that he said, and I t...More Button

I have not yet spoken to this group of amendments but like Senator Craughwell I have listened to the lengthy debate we have had. I have certainly found some powerful arguments on both sides. In r...More Button

  This database refers to records and personal information pertaining to the identities and early lives of individuals and people who are deceased but whose families are desperate to know...More Button

  The nature of the amendments, the dialogue we have had and the Minister's response to Senator McDowell about the confidential committee and its relationship to the database illustrate t...More Button

  Senator McDowell speaks about the need to respect confidentiality commitments. As Senators Ruane and Higgins have said, those who gave evidence before the confidential committee did no...More Button

  What we have heard from the many people who have been in touch with us, including by email and in conversation, is that many individuals have harrowing stories and they are crying out f...More Button

  As I have said, these matters are complex, as we can see by the fact we have spent so long debating them. On the Opposition benches many of us are conflicted. I listened to Senator Bo...More Button

The Labour Party Senators oppose section 2 and propose its deletion for the reasons I outlined, both on Second Stage and earlier on Committee Stage, our concerns regarding the need for the legislat...More Button

  I am very encouraged to hear the Minister engaging with Senators Higgins and McDowell on the amendments and committing to consulting the Attorney General to introduce amendments in the ...More Button

  As others have said, this is not an appropriate way to legislate. It is very rushed, and it would be far preferable if the Minister could come back to us on Report Stage on another day...More Button

I move amendment No. 12:More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. It is disappointing to hear that he is not prepared to accept any of the amendments given how crucial this core principle is. Again, he referred to the 2004...More Button

  The tireless work of Catherine Corless in Tuam and the interim reports which the commission has already published have given us a large amount of information. They have also disclosed,...More Button

  These appalling findings illustrate the dearth of information available to survivors and their relatives, descendants or, as Senator Higgins said, in some cases to mothers who may be st...More Button

  I accept the Minister's commitment to producing information and tracing legislation. We are back to the drawing board on that one, however, given that the Bill brought forward by the p...More Button

I move amendment No. 22:More Button

I move amendment No. 24:More Button

I move amendment No. 25:More Button

We have discussed the amendments at length but we have not talked about the section at all. This is the rogue section, one might say, the section on the other, unrelated matter of amending the Jud...More Button

  It is bad legislative practice to have an amendment that is entirely unrelated and from a different Department, given that, as I understand the matter, it was the Minister for Justice w...More Button

We are discussing amendment No. 30. I support Senator Higgins's amendment, which is crucial because it relates to the issue of rights of information, which is something that we have spoken about t...More Button

I thank the Minister for engaging with us over more than seven hours of constructive debate. We all acknowledge the Minister's comments on the index and his movement and engagement on some of the ...More Button

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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

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Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Shannon Group: Motion (Resumed)

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