Kenny hits out at ‘sneaky’ passage of proposals ‘buried’ in Bills

A Sligo/Leitrim TD has hit out at the refusal of the government to withdraw sections of the Civil Law and Criminal Law Bill that had not been subject to the usual pre-legislative scrutiny.

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee had sought a waiver for the requirement for pre-legislative scrutiny for the Bill to be passed without having to through the Oireachtas for the usual scrutiny.

Minister McEntee sought the measure on the grounds that the legislation provided for COVID-19 measures and needed to be progressed before the Dail broke for the summer.

However it transpired that measures contained in the bill made it easier for vulture funds to be heard in Irish courts, where they mainly go to repossess the homes of people whose mortgages have been sold to them by Irish banks.

The Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Justice and Equality is Deputy Martin Kenny: