This Week Seanad – 9th May

We debated a motion regarding the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on protection of the Euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA – back from Joint Committee without debate [Department of Justice and Equality]

We debated a motion regarding the EU Scrutiny Work Programme 2013 [Joint Committee on European Union Affairs](Without debate)

We debated the Report Stage of the National Lottery Bill 2012 [Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform]

We heard an address to Seanad Éireann by EU Commissioner Máire Geoghan Quinn “The role of research, innovation and science in supporting the development of the Irish economy”

We debated Private Members Business set forward by Labour Senators – Text Below at bottom.

We heard statements on the White Paper on Irish Aid

We heard statements on the Fodder Shortage

Private Members Business:

“That Seanad Éireann:

– Notes the alarming incidence of domestic violence in Ireland and the devastating consequences that it has for both the individual victims and survivors and for the wider society;
– Notes and commends the immense work being done to support victims and survivors of domestic violence by many State and non-governmental organisations;
– Commends the Minister for Justice for his commitment to reform of the law on domestic violence; for his introduction of important changes through the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 2011;
– Further commends the Minister for recently securing agreement on the introduction of a European Protection Order;
and
– Calls upon the Government to support the Council of Europe Convention on prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) during Ireland’s presidency of the EU;
– Calls upon the Government to consider improving and extending eligibility for both Safety and Barring Orders to ensure full protection for those at risk from domestic violence;
– Calls upon the Government to endeavour to protect funding in this year’s Budget for Domestic Violence Services and to ensure the provision of appropriate and adequate services for women and children at risk from domestic violence.
Senators Marie Moloney, Ivana Bacik, John Gilroy, Jimmy Harte, Aideen Hayden, Lorraine Higgins, John Kelly, Denis Landy, Mary Moran, Susan O’Keeffe, John Whelan.

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