Henry, Mary E.F.

Wednesday, 30 June 1993

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 137 No. 4

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Industrial Development Bill, 1993 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil]: Report and Final Stages.

I would like to thank the Minister of State for clarifying the amendments. I was confused before I came in, but her speech has clarified matters for me. However, I am somewhat bemused by the number ...More Button

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, 1993: Committee Stage.

I understand Senator O'Kennedy's concerns, but I would like to see such a section restricted to young male prostitutes. Many female prostitutes are extremely young; some are only 14, 15 and 16 years ...More Button

I urge the Minister to do everything she can in this area because it is one where we can make progress. As Senator Norris said, many of these young prostitutes are homeless. Why are they homeless? ...More Button

Just because we have been fortunate enough to be members of close and loving families we cannot forget that while such families are the vast majority, there are other families where great hurt has bee...More Button

I must speak against this amendment. The Minister has done the right thing by applying the same age of consent to both male and female teenagers. The mother is granted an important place in the Const...More Button

I could not see myself going home and telling to the girls that the age of consent for them is 17 years, but 18 for the boys, because they do not have their wits about them until they reach that age. ...More Button

Yesterday I quoted from a book, New Problems in Medical Ethics which was edited by Dom Peter Flood. I intended to quote from Passage of the Engel Through Sodom but it might be too exciting or too sen...More Button

I also support the amendment. To have such serious consequences for this type of crime means we should be sure that these cases are taken only with the sanction of the Director of Public Prosecutions.More Button

I thank the Minister for explaining so clearly why my amendment would be counter-productive. I will withdraw it. However, I still have anxieties about these regulations being enforced in an unjust ...More Button

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, 1993: Committee Stage (Resumed).

I do not have a leaflet, but there are leaflets advertising massage parlours. Whatever flaws there may be in the amendment, I find it extremely difficult to understand and share Senator Neville's feel...More Button

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, 1993: Report and Final Stages.

I, too, congratulate the Minister on the Bill and thank her. In my view public morality is best built on personal and private morality rather than on criminal sanctions. If we are moving in that dire...More Button


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