Reilly, James

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Children First Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages

I will address amendment No. 1 first. This is a technical amendment to amend the Long Title of the Bill in order to provide for the abolition of the defence of reasonable chastisement by way of an...More Button

  As amendments Nos. 1 and 2 are being discussed together-----More Button

This amendment proposes to amend the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 and provide for the abolition of the defence of reasonable chastisement. As I stated on Committee Stage, the Gov...More Button

  I take the opportunity to mention the late John Boland, a former Deputy and predecessor of mine, who is survived by his widow, Kay. On 26 January 1982, when he was Minister for Educati...More Button

  The amendment provides for the total abolition of the common law defence of reasonable chastisement. It does not create a new offence but rather removes something that has its roots in...More Button

  The environment in which the amendment can be taken is one that takes account of the children's rights referendum. The referendum marked a milestone in the country in regard to childre...More Button

  I would also like to say a word about positive parenting where we support children's self-discipline and behaviour by means of a learning strategy rather than through punishment. Posit...More Button

  I commend the amendment to the House.More Button

I will make a few comments as concerns were raised by Senator Terry Leyden about the effect of the amendments on Garda resources. Tusla will still be the first port of call. No new offence is bei...More Button

  This is progressive legislation. We have had a number of pieces of progressive legislation in recent years, all of which I welcomed. Even w...More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

  Government amendment No. 2:More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

Schedule 2 specifies professions or occupations for the purposes of specifying classes of persons to be mandated persons in accordance with the Bill. Amendment No. 3 proposes to include a person t...More Button

  The reason childminders are not included in the requirement for mandatory reporting is that the childminding sector is not homogenous and a wide variety of arrangements, including perso...More Button

  The Senator's concern to protect this group of children should be alleviated by the fact that there are many other professionals in contact with this group of children, including nurses...More Button

  On what Senator Terry Leyden had to say about Garda resources and so forth, in other jurisdictions mandated reporting of this nature has led to a massive increase in reporting, with no ...More Button

  Bill, as amended, received for final consideration.More Button

  Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."More Button