Sunday, November 04, 2007
Broadband switched on in Stamullen
I brought up the issue of housing in Meath in the Seanad this week. I mentioned the fact that some local authority estates are waiting years for a refurbishment, noting in particular that Alverno Heights in Laytown has been waiting for a few decades now. My contribution was as part of a debate on Housing in Ireland.
This week I got my first opportunity to introduce a Private Member´s Bill in the Oireachtas. The Labour Party gets about 6 opportunities each year to introduce a Bill. We decided this time to introduce a bill to set up a Witness Protection Programme. Since I am the Seanad Spokesperson on Crime it was my responsibility to introduce and propose the Bill.
I did a bit of reseacrh on how such programmes work worldwide and included a few examples in my speech . The debate was interesting, but I knew fairly early on that it would not succeed. When I said that I hoped the Bill would receive the support from both sides of the house I was eyeballing the Minister of State, Deputy Sean Power. He gave me a grin which more or less said "yeah right".
The Bill was defeated on a roll-call vote by 19 votes for and 28 against.
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