Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Multi-Party Actions Bill 2017: First Stage

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I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."More Button

Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I wish to begin by stating that we will be supporting Deputy O'Callaghan's Bill, perhaps with some reservation. In any event, we will be happy to support to enable it to pass to Committee Stage.More Button

To be honest, I am not going to get hung up on that point. Whether it is the second-lowest or the lowest, public confidence is low. If the Minister can think of a time when it was lower, then he ...More Button

There is no doubt that the vast majority of gardaí are held in high regard by the public and are committed and dedicated public servants. What they have had to endure during much of this controv...More Button

When Garda representatives were before the committee recently, I made the point that I have seen the value of good policing at first hand . I have seen the impact that good-quality gardaí, espec...More Button

It is vital that the Government realises the opportunity to begin the process of restoring confidence in An Garda Síochána. The process must involve the right person being nominated and appointe...More Button

It was telling that only a few weeks ago the chair of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, effectively said it was apparently easier for gardaí to give false information than tell the truth...More Button

It has long been our view that there was a need for a body along the lines of the Policing Authority. We proposed the introduction of a Garda authority in 2014. We have long proposed a process ...More Button

The Bill includes several of these additional powers. The point has been made that this is pre-empting a process. The Garda has stated that the force is undertaking reforms and pursuing reforms...More Button

There is a need for additional powers not only for the Policing Authority but also for various other bodies. This includes having responsibility for determining the priorities of An Garda Síochá...More Button

The authority should be empowered to conduct its functions without requiring the consent of the Minister. It should hold the Garda Commissioner to account and the Commissioner should keep the auth...More Button

I have a slight reservation regarding section 3 and the proposal to apply the provisions of the section to all ranks. However, I have an open mind on the issue and I am willing to listen to argu...More Button

On section 4, the supervisory powers provided in respect of policies and procedures are welcome. I also welcome section 5 and the proposal to give the Garda Inspectorate powers to enter, inspect...More Button

The Minister referred to the proposal to confer on the Policing Authority powers in respect of security, an area in which it does not have powers. This issue needs to be examined by the Commissi...More Button

The legislation and other additional powers for the Policing Authority, which the authority is likely to seek in any event, are required to ensure full faith is restored in the police service and...More Button

Garda Commissioner Appointment

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to appoint a Garda Commissioner before the work of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is completed.More Button

Hospital Closures

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the closure of Passage West health centre, County CorkMore Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the type of services which were available in Passage West health centreMore Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons that used the services at Passage West health centreMore Button