Irish Human Rights Report Should Be Presented in Dáil Chamber

July 15th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Human Rights Spokesperson, Pat Breen TD, has attacked the Fianna Fáil Government for not providing space in the Dáil schedule before the House adjourned to discuss the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Report into failed Government policies.

The IHRC presented its report today to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva but there has been zero opportunity to discuss the report’s findings in the Dáil Chamber. The report was presented to the Dáil Committee on Human Rights but, Deputy Breen added that, considering its serious contents, a full debate in the Dáil Chamber should have been provided for. 

“It is frankly ridiculous that UN officials in Geneva have an opportunity to debate this report while many elected representatives in Ireland had been denied the same chance. The report detailed the many failures of the Fianna Fáil-led Government including the lack of health and education services, overcrowding in prisons and serious issues about discrimination. It was presented to the Dáil Committee but all Deputies should have been given the chance to discuss its contents and this could only have occurred in a full Dáil Debate.

“The IHRC are absolutely correct in presenting the report in Geneva but the organisation should also have been facilitated in the Dáil. There needs to be accountability to all the representatives of the Irish people, the elected politicians.

“That the Fianna Fáil Government did not allow full debate in the Dáil before it rose for the summer leads to the conclusion that they are trying to avoid full analysis of their failures.”