Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Report and Final Stages

I move amendment No. 1:

In page 13, to delete lines 13 to 19 and substitute the following:

“(a) by the substitution of the following paragraph for paragraph (d):

“(d) in the case of a designated person who is a barrister, the Legal Services Regulatory Authority;”,

(b) by the deletion of paragraph (da) (inserted by section 214 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015),

(c) by the insertion after paragraph (d) of the following paragraph:

“(db) in the case of a designated person that is a property services provider, the Property Services Regulatory Authority;”,

and

(d) in paragraph (e), by the substitution of “, (d) or (db)” for “or (d)”.”.

The only amendment is my own amendment No. 1 to section 18. It is a technical amendment to replace the provision inserted by the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, which has been superseded by the Bill before the House.

It is straightforward. I support the amendment.

Amendment put and agreed to.

I thank the Deputies for their co-operation. That was speedy.

Bill, as amended, received for final consideration.
Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."

It seems as if this is happening quickly inasmuch as there is only one Report Stage amendment from the Minister. It is an important Bill and it is important to get it on the Statute Book in this session if we can. The issue of money laundering and terrorist financing was discussed at great length on Committee Stage and previously on Second Stage. The speed of Report Stage should not in any way underplay the importance of these new legislative measures which modernise our law regarding money laundering and the funding of terrorism.

Question put and agreed to.

The Bill has now passed and will be reported to Seanad Éireann.