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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?
QUESTION NO: 108
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 31st May, 2016.
* To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps she is taking to speed up the re-settlement of refugees in Ireland, through re-location and re-settlement programmes, given that Ireland has taken only a small number of refugees over the past year out of the 4,000 agreed; and the consideration that has been given to increasing the number of refugees Ireland has agreed to re-settle, given that the global refugee crisis is continuing to worsen.
– Clare Daly
Given recent events in a Donegal court last week, whereby a trial went ahead without an ISL interpreter present for a deaf defendant, Clare asked the Minister for Justice to ensure that this injustice is not repeated. The recognition of Irish Sign Language is at the core of this issue and is vital in order to protect the rights of deaf people in this state.
To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the initiatives She proposes to take to ensure that deaf citizen’s rights to Irish Sign Language interpreters is protected in order to allow them access essential State services, particularly following an incident (details supplied).
Clare speaking about the O’Higgins Commission yesterday in the Dáil. She tells the Minister that ‘it is way past time’ for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to go, saying:
‘Now the dogs on the street know what we have been telling her for two years: nothing has changed. It has just been an illusion.
‘As Deputy Wallace said, we have come in here 18 times over the past two years and given the Minister detailed specific information about the horror being endured by current Garda whistleblowers, not to mind the written questions we have tabled to her, and she has done nothing.’
Full transcript below.