Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly lead a debate in the Seanad last Wednesday on the Corporate Manslaughter Bill which he introduced.
The Bill addresses the gap in Irish law where there is an absence of clear legislation to hold corporate entities and state agencies criminally liable for unlawful deaths that occurred as a result of their actions or negligence.
According to Senator Daly, there is no clear legal recourse following such a death at present.
The Fianna Fail Senator said a 2005 Law Reform Commission Reform, on which this bill is based, identified this gap in Irish legislation, and this bill will ensure that this gap is filled with robust, clear-cut legislation.
Mr Daly said the bill being debated will bring Irish legislation into line with similar, progressive laws in other countries.
The proposed bill will now go before committee stage.