SENATOR PÁDRAIG Ó CÉIDIGH
TAOISEACH’S NOMINEE, IND
Member of the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
24th October 2018
Ó Céidigh’s “Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018” supported by Government
Senator Ó Céidigh is delighted that the Government supported his Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018 after introducing the Bill at second stage debate in the Seanad.
Ó Céidigh said “his bill was long overdue and if enacted will for the first time make perjury a statutory criminal offence in Ireland”.
“Many people will find astonishing that according to the Central Statistics Office that in the past ten years there have only been 31 recorded incidents of perjury, with no recorded incidents last year.”
“It is clear to me that the absence of a statutory criminal offence of perjury in Ireland weakens our court system and opens it to abuse. Perjury is not a victimless crime. Murderers have no doubt evaded jail through the connivance of a sworn witness.”
“People’s reputations have been destroyed and lives ruined from deliberate lies told in court. Businesses have faced soaring insurance premium costs through fraudsters seeking to game the system. And whistle-blowers have been run through the mill because of people who feel they can lie with impunity and without fear of prosecution.”
Ó Céidigh notes “that in advance of committee stage of this bill that the Minister can work with me in providing constructive assistance in seeing this bill become law and making a positive difference to the fair administration of justice in this country.”
Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018 – Passed Second Stage – Seanad Éireann
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