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Seanad Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 6 Apr 2022

Vol. 284 No. 6

Garda Síochána (Functions and Operational Areas) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages

Bill recommitted in respect of amendments Nos. 1 to 27, inclusive.

I welcome the Minister, Deputy McEntee to the House. For the information of Members, please note that the recommittal of amendments Nos. 1 to 27, inclusive, allows a Committee Stage-style discussion, which means Members may speak more than once on each amendment.

Amendments Nos. 1 to 8, inclusive, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24 and 25 are related and may be discussed together. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Government amendment No. 1:
In page 16, line 16, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.

The purpose of this group of amendments is to ensure firearms certificates will remain valid following the enactment of the Bill. It also ensures that an appeal can be taken in respect of a decision made by the superintendent of a district before the date of commencement. All the amendments in the group are technical amendments.

Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 2:
In page 16, line 18, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 3:
In page 16, line 20, to delete “firearms certificate” and substitute “firearm certificate”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 4:
In page 16, line 23, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 5:
In page 16, line 24, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 6:
In page 16, line 28, to delete “made” and substitute “made, or deemed to have been made,”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 7:
In page 16, line 28, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 8:
In page 16, line 31, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.
Amendment agreed to.

Amendments Nos. 9 and 11 are related and may be discussed together by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Government amendment No. 9:
In page 16, line 40, to delete “section 4(5) of the Act of 1931” and substitute “subsection (1)(a), (1)(b), (2)(a) or (2)(b), as the case may be, of section 4 of the Act of 1931”.

Amendments Nos. 9 and 11 correct cross-references to the Betting Act 1931 in respect of transitional provisions relating to the Act. This is to ensure that an inspector of An Garda Síochána is the person to whom an application is deemed to have been made.

Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 10:
In page 16, line 41, to delete “the said section 4(5)” and substitute “section 4(5) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 11:
In page 17, line 3, to delete “section 4(6) of the Act of 1931” and substitute “subsection (1)(a), (1)(b), (2)(a) or (2)(b), as the case may be, of section 4 of the Act of 1931”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 12:
In page 17, line 4, to delete “the said section 4(6)” and substitute “section 4(6) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 13:
In page 17, line 42, to delete “Superintendent” and substitute “superintendent”.
Amendment agreed to.

Government amendments Nos. 14, 16, 18, 19, 21 and 23 are related and may be discussed together by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Government amendment No. 14:
In page 18, line 1, to delete “section 9A(3)” and substitute “section 9A(1)”.

All of these amendments correct cross-references to the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956. This is to ensure that an inspector of An Garda Síochána is the person to whom the application is deemed to have been made.

Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 15:
In page 18, lines 2 and 3, to delete “the said section 9A(3)” and substitute “section 9A(3) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 16:
In page 18, line 5, to delete “section 9A(4)” and substitute “section 9A(1)”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 17:
In page 18, lines 6 and 7, to delete “the said section 9A(4)” and substitute “section 9A(4) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 18:
In page 18, line 18, to delete “evidence” and substitute “evidence at the hearing”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 19:
In page 18, line 23, to delete “section 27B(3)” and substitute “section 27B(1)”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 20:
In page 18, lines 24 and 25, to delete “the said section 27B(3)” and substitute “section 27B(3) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 21:
In page 18, line 27, to delete “section 27B(4)” and substitute “section 27B(1)”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 22:
In page 18, lines 28 and 29, to delete “the said section 27B(4)” and substitute “section 27B(4) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 23:
In page 18, line 31, to delete “section 27B(5)” and substitute “section 27B(1)”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 24:
In page 18, lines 32 and 33, to delete “the said section 27B(5)” and substitute “section 27B(5) of that Act”.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 25:
In page 20, line 5, to delete “Garda division” and substitute “Garda Síochána division”.
Amendment agreed to.

Amendments Nos. 26 and 27 are related and may be discussed together by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Government amendment No. 26:
In page 20, to delete lines 36 to 39, and in page 21, to delete lines 1 to 30.

Amendments Nos. 26 and 27 delete amendments to the European Communities (Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Ammunition) Regulations 1993 and the associated transitional provisions. These regulations are due to be revoked shortly.

Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 27:
In page 46, to delete lines 1 to 43 and in page 47, to delete lines 1 to 19.
Amendment agreed to.
Bill reported with amendments.
Bill received for final consideration.

When is it proposed to take Fifth Stage?

Question, "That the Bill do now pass", put and agreed to.
Cuireadh an Seanad ar fionraí ar 2.40 p.m. agus cuireadh tús leis arís ar 3 p.m.
Sitting suspended at 2.40 p.m. and resumed at 3 p.m.
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