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Legislation must precede internet order – Ferris

27 January, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Martin Ferris TD, has described as “inadequate” Minister Seán Sherlock’s statement that he will consider primary legislation to address issues of internet access and copyright, but that he still intends to sign a ministerial order governing this area.

Deputy Ferris also rejected any attempt to defer a full debate on the issue on the basis that it was taken as a topical issue in the Dáil yesterday afternoon.

Deputy Ferris said:

“Sinn Féin and other opposition parties, along with tens of thousands of concerned citizens, are still insisting on a full debate and legislation on this issue. Given the huge controversy over this and the potential damaging impact the proposed ministerial order will have, it is absolutely essential to the democratic process and the framing of proper domestic law that the Minister does not sign into law any measure until the proper legislative process is observed.

“Allowing people to vent their frustrations is no substitute for democracy. The minister’s response is totally inadequate. There must be a full debate and legislation on this issue. The people will not accept diktat.”

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