This Week In The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February, 2014
14:30 – Order of Business
15:45 – 17:45 “That Seanad Éireann:
– recognises that consideration should be given to the establishment of Community Courts in Ireland to share with traditional courts the goals of ensuring community safety while protecting the due process of defendants;
-recognises that Community Courts could effectively deal with low-level offences, focusing primarily on criminal anti-social behaviour by responding to the underlying problems of offenders;
-recognises that Community Courts may facilitate community engagement in the criminal justice system by providing robust and speedy case management systems to apply a problem solving approach to each defendant and the outcome of his/her case and to develop a collaborative working approach amongst the service providers;
– commends the work of the National Crime Council and notes the publication in 2007, of their report on the Case for Community Courts in Ireland;
-recognises the experience and positive outcomes associated with the use of Community Courts internationally such as in Canada and in the United States of America;
calls on the Minister for Justice , Equality and Defence to consider the development of Community Courts in Ireland, with a view to establishing Community Courts as the default court for less serious offences to reduce overall levels of imprisonment and to facilitate and strengthen community involvement in the criminal justice system.
Senators Martin Conway, Maurice Cummins, Paul Coghlan, Colm Burke, Deirdre Clune, Eamonn Coghlan, Michael Comiskey, Jim D ‘Arcy, Michael Darcy, Imelda Henry, Cait Keane, Tony Mulcahy, Michael Mullins, Catherine Noone, Pat O ‘Neill, Tom Sheahan, Terry Brennan, Hildegarde Naughton. Spokesperson Senator M. Conway



10:30 – Order of Business
11:45 – 13:00 Statements on Ireland’s Inland Waterways
[Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht]
Spokesperson Senator Terry Brennan

13:00 – 15:00 Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 – Second Stage
[Minister for Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

15:00 – 16:00 Upward Only Rent (Clauses and Reviews) Bill 2013 – Committee and Remaining Stages-[Department of Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

16:00 – Parental Leave Bill 2013 – Committee Stage
[Department of Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator M. Conway

10:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding Regulation on the temporary re-location of CEPOL (the European Police College) – Back from Committee without debate
11:45 – ESB (Electronic Communications Network) Bill 2013 – Committee and Remaining Stages-[Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources]
Spokesperson Senator Tony Mulcahy


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