Bill will allow corporate entities & state agencies to be held liable for unlawful deaths
Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly will lead a debate in the Seanad tomorrow (26th October) on the Corporate Manslaughter Bill which he introduced.
The Corporate Manslaughter Bill addresses the gap in Irish law where there is an absence of clear legislation to hold corporate entities and state agencies criminally liable for unlawful deaths that occurred as a result of their actions or negligence.
“At present, there is no clear legal recourse following such a death. A 2005 Law Reform Commission Reform, on which this bill is based, identified this gap in Irish legislation, and this bill will ensure that this gap is filled with robust, clear-cut legislation.”
“The bill being debated and voted on will bring Irish legislation into line with similar, progressive laws in other countries.”
“The uniqueness of this legislation is to be found in Section 2 where a corporation can be convicted if found guilty of gross negligence even if no one person in the corporation can be said to be responsible. The bill will also allow for prison term to be handed down if a court deems it necessary”
“I am confident that this bill will help balance the law in favour of workers, customers and the public, in general.”
“The ultimate outcome of this legislation will be to cause a shift in outlook and approach among senior management within corporations in Ireland. Now that they can be held liable, as an entity or individually, I am hopeful that this bill will cause cultural changes and ensure a deterrent effect to reduce deaths,” concluded Daly.