“Nobody should be attacked because the owner did not remember to repair the gate or check to see if there is some hole in the fence,” she added. Government Senator, Kerensia Morrison, is appealing for dog owners to be more responsible in securing their animals and ensure that they do not pose a danger to the public.“They must not be a risk to people, who are going about their regular business; people who are not trespassing, people who are just living their lives. Many Jamaicans can recount incidents of being chased and bitten by dogs” she said in the Senate on Friday (Sept. 27).“Nobody should be attacked because the owner did not remember to repair the gate or check to see if there is some hole in the fence,” she added.The Government Senator’s remarks came against the background of the horrific pit bull attack on a teacher recently, leaving her with serious wounds, which caused her to be hospitalised for a prolonged period.“We shudder in trying to imagine the harrowing and nightmarish ordeal that this teacher suffered. We wish her a speedy recovery both physically and emotionally. We thank God for sparing her and hope that the psychological scars will be minimal,” Senator Morrison said.She told the Senators that “out of this unfortunate attack must come a raft of decisions on how we treat with these issues.”Lamenting that the attack was not the first on citizens by ferocious dogs, Senator Morrison said the frequency of such incidents demand the immediate attention of legislators, as the law, in its present form, does not hold dog owners criminally liable.Senator Morrison said she is pleased that the Ministry of Justice has indicated that tougher legislation will be introduced to effectively deal with fines and penalties related to such attacks.“Sometimes sorry just isn’t enough when you have lost livestock, when you have been badly injured, when there is loss of life. This is something that should have happened a long time ago,” she said.For her part, Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott Mottley, agreed that strong action needs to be taken to address dog attacks, suggesting that monetary fines should be increased.“The fact is that pit bulls are banned from entering our island and how they come here is because there is a vast illegal trade.“But if they are here and they are banned, the authorities must do something when they discover their presence,” she said. Government Senator, Kerensia Morrison, is appealing for dog owners to be more responsible in securing their animals and ensure that they do not pose a danger to the public. Story Highlights “They must not be a risk to people, who are going about their regular business; people who are not trespassing, people who are just living their lives. Many Jamaicans can recount incidents of being chased and bitten by dogs” she said in the Senate on Friday (Sept. 27).
A NUMBER OF individuals from across Irish society have banded together in an attempt to save the Seanad.Democracy Matters! is calling for a “radical reform” of the second house of the Oireachtas – not its abolition. A referendum on whether to keep or get rid of the parliamentary chamber is due to take place later this year.The group, which launched its campaign this morning, argues for a strong Senate with new powers to “ensure we learn from the mistakes of a failed political system”.According to the campaign, a broken system of government and governance has failed Ireland. It has also “exacerbated the economic crisis, dramatically increased social welfare queues and hit hard pressed taxpayers and pensioners in their pockets”.“Abolition only strengthens the old political system, which has already failed us. It will silence dissenting voices, limit debate and give the government even more power to ram through legislation,” said Professor Gary Murphy, who chairs the group. “Abolition is not reform and true parliamentary reform in both the Seanad and the House is what Ireland needs today.”Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, added: “A radically new type of Seanad could make a serious and meaningful contribution to the process of reforming and modernising an Irish political culture that is excessively centralised, closed and distrusted. Abolishing the Seanad instead of reforming it will just further erode democracy and copper fasten the interests and power of a tiny elite.”Members of the campaign steering group include John Dolan, Suzanne Egan, Michael McDowell, Joe O’Toole, Feargal Quinn, Noel Whelan and Katherine Zappone. The organisation says it has no affiliation to any political party.Last month, Quinn and Zappone launched a Bill which would mark the biggest reform of the Seanad in modern history. The proposals would also require the Seanad to retain a gender balance by ensuring that an equal number of men and women were elected from each of the five vocational panels – which are required to be retained under the current constitution.The legislation would impose a pay cut of nearly €20,000 for Seanad members – defining their pay as being half of that for a TD. This would mean the current wage of over €65,000 would fall to €46,336.The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaulMembers launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition