The Journal announced this morning that Sean Sherlock has agreed to a full Dáil debate before Ireland’s SOPA legislation is signed into law:
It is thought that arrangements will be made later today so that a debate can be held in the Dáíl next week, allowing TDs to voice their concerns over the controversial plans which have met with major online resistance.
This is a major victory!
It is is unheard of to have a Dáil debate on a Ministerial order, and that means we have all forced this debate through sheer numbers. Sean Sherlock has gone from refusing to publish the draft legislation, to publishing it online, to a full Dail debate in four days. Every centimetre of that movement is down to the 57,000+ people who have signed the petition, contacted their TDs, written blog posts, tweeted, made YouTube videos, and stood up to shout NO to SOPA legislation in Ireland.
We’ll know details of the debate later today. Between now and debate day, we’re going to be gearing up with more protest actions, more signatures, more briefing documents – and some online plans for the debate itself.