I also ask the Leader to organise a debate about the survivors of child sex abuse, particularly the disturbing cases of those who were offered compensation by the Christian Brothers and other organisations, where they had secured criminal convictions against the perpetrators. In one case, however, a person who is terminally ill had that offer withdrawn by the Christian Brothers. That man suffered abuse and succeeded in a criminal conviction yet, when asked by the judge whether he wanted a custodial sentence bestowed on the perpetrator of that awful crime against him, he asked the judge not to do so. Now, the Christian Brothers have withdrawn their offer and, knowing that he is dying, hope that John Allen passes away before his case ever gets to court.
Senator Mark Daly: John Allen asked me to name him on the record of the House. I ask the Leader to organise that—–
An Cathaoirleach: I have already explained on numerous occasions that Members cannot name people like that and use the privilege of the House to do so.
Senator Mark Daly: I think that is what the privilege of the House is for.
An Cathaoirleach: It is not what the privilege of the House is for. I ask you to refrain from mentioning people’s names in the House.
Senator Mark Daly: If a person asks me to bring his or her case before the House, I will bring it before the House. If he asks me to name him—–
An Cathaoirleach: I ask the Senator to respect the privilege of the House and not abuse it.
Senator Mark Daly: I am respecting it. It is for that reason I am using it. I thank the Cathaoirleach. I have asked the Leader to organise a debate in regard to those cases and so many other serious cases.