Legislation underpins efforts to tackle the paramilitarism & associated criminality



  The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. has welcomed the passage of the Independent Reporting Commission Bill 2017.


  The Minister said: 


“In my previous role, I represented the Irish Government at the Talks which led to the Fresh Start Agreement.  Tackling the scourge of paramilitarism and associated criminality which continues to destroy lives and communities was a key focus of those Talks.  Almost 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the people of Northern Ireland should be able to live their lives without the toxic presence of paramilitaries in their communities. 


“In the Fresh Start Agreement, the Irish and British Governments together with the Northern Ireland Parties agreed a series of initiatives to address paramilitarism and its associated criminality with the aim of bringing to end the malign influence of paramilitarism on communities in Northern Ireland.


 “The Independent Reporting Commission will play an important role in monitoring and reporting to the Governments on the progress being made with the actions set out in the Agreement.


  “The Independent Reporting Commission Bill will give formal effect in law to the Commission and I welcome its swift passage through both Houses of the Oireachtas.”





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The Bill is available at www.oireachtas.ie.