O'Dea, Willie

Thursday, 1 July 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 588 No. 4

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Order of Business.


Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Equality Bill 2004 [Seanad]: Order for Report Stage.

I move: “That Report Stage be taken now.”More Button

Equality Bill 2004 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages.

I reject the notion that the Bill in any way breaches the directives. All three directives recognise that there may be difference in treatment based on a genuine occupational requirement, which is pre...More Button

I do not want to be misrepresented. I did not say I was refusing the amendment because I was afraid of what the media would say. Having made the case against the amendment, I mentioned incidentally th...More Button

We discussed this at some length on Committee Stage. There are two types of employee in the country — those employed in the public sector and those employed in the private sector. The legislation whic...More Button

In regard to what Deputy Paul McGrath said, a disproportionate burden will vary depending on the circumstance of each case. We cannot write legislation to cover every eventuality. We are dealing with ...More Button

That was in regard to the Equal Status Act 2000. The position, in respect of the employment equality legislation is that we have now been enabled to go beyond the Supreme Court decision because of an ...More Button

I move amendment No. 10: In page 13, line 16, to delete “Nothing” and substitute “In relation to discrimination on the basis of nationality, nothing”. Further to the amendment to this provision, which...More Button

I move amendment No. 11: In page 14, line 49, to delete “deleted” and substitute “repealed”. This amendment is consequential to section 21, proposed by Deputy Paul McGrath on Committee Stage, which I ...More Button

This matter was discussed at some length, particularly on Second Stage. When I listened to the speeches on Second Stage, I was amazed and had to consult my advisors to see if all other countries in Eu...More Button

Of course I agree that positive statutory obligations are good, provided they work properly and achieve something in practice. The Good Friday Agreement obliged this State to provide at least an equiv...More Button

If, as the Deputy states, the review is positive, the Government will give serious consideration to it.More Button

We will deal with that presently.More Button

No.More Button

We are coming to it now. It is the next amendment we will deal with. It is an issue I agreed to re-examine.More Button

It is the subject of discussion under the amendment we are coming to, if the Acting Chairman wishes to formally go through the process.More Button

I undertook to explain and deal more specifically with the point raised by Deputy Paul McGrath. The purpose of amending section 34 of the 1998 Act may be explained as follows. On Committee Stage, I mo...More Button

Yes.More Button

I am glad to inform Deputy McGrath I have the same secretary as I had 22 years ago and she has learned a great deal on the job. She is much wiser now than when she started.More Button

I understand there is a difficulty. Deputy McGrath mentioned an amendment to provide for different rates of remuneration based on experience as evidenced by age. On the seniority issue we have permitt...More Button

The increment is based on length of service, not age.More Button

No, length of service.More Button

I have asked my officials to send me a report on the matter, which I will discuss with the Chief Whip and the people who run the Houses of the Oireachtas. If Deputy Paul McGrath wishes to raise the ma...More Button

On Committee Stage, I rejected the Fine Gael amendment which Deputy Ó Snodaigh has moved as amendment No. 13. As I said previously, the amendment would remove an intentionally enabling provision from ...More Button

I received a copy of Deputy Ó Snodaigh’s correspondence to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and he kindly enclosed a copy of the correspondence he received from the INTO. Having exami...More Button

I am in broad agreement with Deputy Moynihan-Cronin. We must deplore what is a minority situation. Racism does not occur everywhere but I too have come across incidents of it. It must be condemned in ...More Button

Yes, amendment No. 25 is an Opposition amendment in the name of Deputy Moynihan-Cronin on behalf of the Labour Party. It is a useful amendment and it will enhance the legislation considerably. I since...More Button

I thank all Deputies and Senators for their constructive and informed contributions to this debate. The Bill is now a far better one than the one we started with. That is due in great measure to the p...More Button


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