– Bill will allow corporate entities & state agencies to be held liable for unlawful deaths –
Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said the Corporate Manslaughter Bill must be progressed, despite efforts from the Government to stall its progress in the Senate.
Senator Daly again spoke on this issue in the Seanad this week as the jury in the Hillsborough trial retired to consider verdict. SenatorDaly said “This is a timely reminder of the need for corporate responsibility as we have seen many times before, unfortunately through tragedy.
“This Bill is about addressing the current gap which exists within Irish law that fails to hold corporate entities and state agencies criminally liable for unlawful deaths that occurred as a result of their actions or negligence.
“A 2005 Law Reform Commission Report, on which this bill is based, identified this gap in Irish legislation, and this bill will ensure that this gap is filled with robust and clear-cut legislation.
“The uniqueness of this legislation introduced by Fianna Fáil 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 believe it is time for this bill to be put on the Statute Book. I believe that the real impact of passing this legislation will be felt by a change in outlook and approach among senior management.
“If they can be held accountable for their actions or their failure to act, it may cause them to think and care more about their actions,” concluded Daly.