Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (114)

Stephen S. Donnelly

Question:

114 Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will list all organisations and individuals who were briefed on the Personal Insolvency Bill between the Cabinet meeting on 26 June 2012 and the briefing for Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas on 29 June at 2.30 pm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32819/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

Prior to the briefing offered to the members of the Oireachtas on Friday 29 June, the primary information exercise engaged in by my Department in regard to this very significant and complex reform Bill centred on the media briefing, both for print and broadcast, on the morning of Friday 29 June.

Following that media briefing, and in response to requests in that regard, my officials offered a short briefing to a number of relevant organisations who have a significant interest in or who had provided submissions on the Bill. These included the Citizens Information Board, the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), New Beginning, the Phoenix Project, credit union representatives, St Vincent De Paul and a number of legal and accountancy companies. As many of the persons were present in a representative capacity, it would not be appropriate for me to name individuals.

The briefing offered to members of the Oireachtas followed on the afternoon of Friday 29 June.