Currie, Austin

Wednesday, 19 February 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 475 No. 2

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Private Members' Business. - Prisons Bill, 1997: Second Stage (Resumed).

The privatisers are over there.More Button

It must be obvious to anyone who listens to this debate that this Bill is not a serious effort at law or prison reform. It is intended as a cynical vehicle to indulge in baseless propaganda. The last...More Button

What would this Bill achieve? It has been claimed that it would force the Government to provide sufficient prison accommodation. Where is that provided for in the Bill? The Bill states that the Mini...More Button

The Minister for Justice already has all the legal powers she needs in this regard and, as she pointed out on in her contribution to this debate, the provision in section 5 of the Bill would not secur...More Button

At least we are honest and up-front.More Button

The suggestion that there should be an independent prisons board or agency has been around for more than a decade but it was this Government that decided to establish one.More Button

We decided comparatively recently to do so and immediately put in train the necessary steps to implement the decision. This is not a straightforward matter and it gives rise to complex issues which h...More Button

I listened with amusement to the various ways in which she tried unsuccessfully to get away from that question. It still remains a fundamental question which, sooner or later, she will have to answer...More Button

We have been criticised for lack of openness yet when the Minister goes out of her way to be open she is again criticised.More Button

The first week the Minister was in office journalists were invited to the Department of Justice — the first time this had ever been done. They were amazed at this new practice which symbolised the de...More Button

She has continued that practice from that day to this. A combination of the television programme “The Joy” and the reports on other prisons which have appeared in the media in recent weeks will give ...More Button

As with any organisation there are things to admire and things to criticise. Above all people will appreciate more fully the complexities which arise and see them for what they are, simplistic so-cal...More Button

I did not say that.More Button

The Deputy is out of date.More Button


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