Mullen, Rónán

Friday, 16 October 2020

Seanad Éireann Debate
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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

I second Senator Craughwell's amendment. I am happy to do so.More Button

I have to, morally and in a spirit of collegiality. I will find out later what precise Vote is being proposed.More Button

I want to talk about the artists' tax exemption but there is more to be said about it than I can say in a short period.More Button

  In response to what Senator Martin said, regardless of which administration or candidate succeeds not everything about either administration will be good. That point was brought home f...More Button

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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 support the amendments tabled by Senators McDowell and Boyhan. The first amendment is definitional, setting up the reference to the confidential committee. The first of the two substantive amen...More Button

  On Second Stage, the Minister commented on section 5, which is the subject of Senator McDowell's amendment, that section 5 provides that for the avoidance of doubt the obligation to dep...More Button

  We do need to consider very carefully what went on in the context of the work of the confidential committee. Senator McDowell went to great lengths to explain what explanations and und...More Button

  It has already been pointed out several times that there is no obstacle to the Minister extending by a short period the deadline by which the commission must submit its report and there...More Button

  It is very difficult, at least I find it very difficult, to imagine in the abstract, as it were, and without examples, all of the different kinds of information that are in play here, w...More Button

  We can say the decision to redact or not could do an injustice to the person speaking but, of course, it could also do an injustice to the person spoken about. We can imagine an allega...More Button

  I am sorry that I have not had the chance to look back in some detail on the Ryan commission but perhaps the Minister will know the answer to this question and I would be grateful for a...More Button

  Could it be said, supposing Senator McDowell's amendment is accepted, that information could be lost that might be of benefit to a person trying to establish information in the future a...More Button

  That prompts me to wonder whether a tweaking of Senator McDowell's amendment could be done so as to provide that before the commission's dissolution, it would provide the intent of each...More Button

  That is all I have to say but it all points to the need for the Minister to not rush to Report Stage of this legislation. The Minister would be setting a good standard if he treated th...More Button

I thank the Minister for his openness and, in particular, his response to my question. However, I have a number of remaining questions. I noted the Minister's comments on the Ryan commission and ...More Button

  If the Minister is considering tabling an amendment in the Dáil, which we wish he would table in the Seanad,-----More Button

-----how will it work in practice? Is he suggesting that he will consider tabling an amendment that will enable the commission to establish the will of those who attended the confidential committe...More Button

  The Minister mentioned that, if the legislation did not pass, the information that he wanted to pass on to Tusla - the database and so on - would be sealed within the Department for 30 ...More Button

I forgot to add one important question. In my last contribution, I surfaced the issue of where information given by an individual to the confidential committee might adversely affect other people'...More Button

To close off on this, because it relates to the confidential committee, I draw attention to the last question I asked. I am not asking the Minister for detail but I am asking him to consider the s...More Button

  Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

  Section 1 agreed to.More Button

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

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Shannon Group: Motion (Resumed)

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