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Senator Mark Daly
Seanadóir Marcus O’Dalaigh
As Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources, I put forward amendments at the Commitee, Report and Final Stages of the Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety (Amendment) Bill 2015 in relation to whether there has been a regulatory impact assessment carried out and raised the need for a bonds system to be put in place to pay for the possibility of the decommissioning of oil and gas platforms should a company cease operations in Ireland. I am disappointed that the Government didn’t put forward these proposals.
As Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources I put forward amendments that were discussed on 1 July 2015 at the Report and Final Stages of Communications Regulation (Postal Services)(Amendment) Bill 2015.
I outlined that there must be specific deadlines established for the legislation.
The department should replace in the primary legislation “may” with “shall” to ensure that all the regulations meet the requirements of the Data Protection Commissioner.
I invited Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters, family and friends to the Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on the 1st July 2015 to listen to what Amnesty International had to say on the case of Ibrahim.
I listed out the conditions Ibrahim has been subjected to which clearly constitute as torture and asked why Amnesty has not stated that Ibrahim has been tortured. Amnesty outlined that there is very specific criteria under law to legally constitute conditions and circumstances as torture, therefore, Amnesty continued to refuse to say that Ibrahim has been tortured.
According to the reprieve, his lawyers are yet to receive any formal confirmation on the amended charges that may see the release of Ibrahim in August. This is important to the writ of habeas corpus for the release of Ibrahim and we must ask the Egyptian Government to apply Article 143 of their code of criminal procedure.
Amnesty says the fundamental issue remains the Egyptian government. They do not respect international human rights law, the rules and processes that must be adhered to and do not even respect their own Egyptian laws.
The Foreign Affairs Committee has made a request to the Egyptian ambassador to visit Ibrahim in prison and Amnesty also encourages other Cairo embassies to visit him and support his release. Amnesty encourages Ireland to continue to exert every possible pressure to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa. The EU and member states should also continue to advocate on his behalf.
Watch the discussion here:
As FF spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I spoke during the Second Stage of the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2015 about how Fianna Fáil welcomes this bill but has serious concerns with the new Eircode system, including the proposed non-sequential code design, safety issues, spiralling costs, and the tendering process.
The new code will be non-sequential, which means houses close by each other will not have similar postcodes. This, according to freight companies and emergency services, would lead to mass confusion.
Freedom of Information documents revealed that the Department of Communications ignored the advice of a private consultancy company and a State-appointed postcode board when it approved the design of Eircode. The new Eircode system has not been sufficiently tested and the random nature of postcodes is a serious problem for such a new structure.
We would hope that the Government has learned from the Irish Water mess by addressing these issues immediately.