Fianna Fáil Press Office
Senator Malcolm Byrne
12 Jan 2023
Legislation Banning Protests Outside Homes Could Apply to Direct Provision Centres - Senator Malcolm Byrne
A Bill introduced by Senator Malcolm Byrne that would prohibit protests outside residential homes could also apply where the principal private residence is a direct provision centre. The Fianna Fáil Seanad Group intend to move it to the next stage in the Seanad this term.
The Protection of Private Residences (Against Targeted Picketing) Bill 2021 is designed to ban protests against individuals outside where they live.
Senator Malcolm Byrne said,
“If anyone is unhappy with government policy, they can protest outside Leinster House, outside Government departments or agencies, or outside elected representatives’ offices.”
“We need the legislation to protect homes. That applies to the temporary homes of those seeking refuge as much as to elected representatives. A person is entitled to security and safety in the place that they call home.”