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Clare denounces the Government’s decision to renew, for yet another year, the draconian emergency powers in the Offences Against the State and the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Acts, which have been widely criticised by any number of human rights bodies, and which have been totally ineffective in stopping organised crime. Transcript below.

Deputy Clare Daly: It is a bit distressing to be here again for our annual ritual debate about whether to retain for another year the emergency powers in the Offences Against the State Act and section 8 of the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act. It is deeply ironic they are supposed to be emergencies but they have become a norm in this country. Every year the Minister tells us the threat is unchanged and is the same as it was the last time and that these are exceptional powers and must be retained. Given what we have witnessed over the past year, with the rise in organised crime, is this failure of the legislation to in any way deal with this situation not even evidence enough on its own of how futile it is, not to mind the appalling trampling wholesale on the human rights of individuals for it? Has the penny not dropped, given what has happened here while the Government has been utilising this legislation, that a different approach will have to be necessary?
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Dáil Debates, Defence, National

Clare speaking on the EU Battlegroups, which are military forces of up to 12,000  troops, happy days for the arms industry, but Irish troops aligned with this is an absolute affront to our neutrality.

Dáil Debates, Economy