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Seanad Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2


Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018


In the political groups

  • Member: Group of the Unified European Left since 16/03/2018

In the Assembly

  • since 16/03/2018 Representative - Ireland

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Member: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs (since 27/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 16/03/2018)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (since 26/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (since 26/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (from 30/01/2020 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (from 26/03/2019 to 29/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas (from 23/01/2019 to 25/03/2019)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 21/01/2019 to 14/09/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Integration (from 26/04/2018 to 28/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Marcella CORCORAN KENNEDY (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 24/06/2019 to 08/08/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Frances FITZGERALD (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 21/01/2019 to 23/06/2019)
  • Alternate of Mr Seán CANNEY (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 16/03/2018 to 20/01/2019)
  • Alternate of Mr Barry COWEN (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (from 26/04/2018 to 22/01/2019)


Last speeches

28/01/2021 | 12:31:15 Good morning chairperson, good morning colleagues, I want to begin by warmly welcoming this resolution and commending the rapporteur. The creeping menace of racism and xenophobia is already stalking many parts of Europe. Tackling ethnic profiling is one concrete action that every country can and should make to combat prejudice and racial discrimination. Racial or ethnic profiling and policing has been defined as the use by the police with no objective and reasonable justification of grounds... 26/01/2021 | 11:34:24 Thank you chair. On behalf of the United European Left I want to welcome this report. Access to justice before independent and impartial courts is essential to the rule of law in any country and is one of the core values of the Council of Europe. I believe there is a fundamental difference between the two states named in this report: in Moldova there have been efforts to support moves towards a more independent judiciary; this is acknowledged in this report which nevertheless underlines the... 26/01/2021 | 10:01:30 Thank you, chair. I want to begin by commending the rapporteur and offering my full support for this very important report. I want too, like so many colleagues, to also highlight the case of Mr Selahattin Demirtaş and Mr Kavala in Turkey. And I echo the calls of my group leader that if Turkey does not act on these cases that we must take immediate further action. It's entirely unacceptable and an affront to the human rights principles of this organisation. Chair, I also want to speak about my... 04/10/2019 | 12:05:18 Hi there. Thank you, Chairperson. Two years ago this week, on 1 October 2017, against massive provocation of the Spanish State, a referendum was held on Catalan independence. Millions of Catalans came out to vote and to democratically decide their future. It should have been a triumph for democracy, no matter what the result was. Sadly, the world witnessed shocking scenes of Spanish police brutality in various parts of Catalonia that day. Peaceful citizens who were protecting the integrity of... 03/10/2019 | 18:35:04 Thank you very much. I want to welcome this report and offer my support to the draft resolution. I'm very conscious of the fact that before I came into the Chamber I was watching reports of the extra-tropical storm lashing the west coast of my country, Ireland, the second one we've had in the last two years — something that would have been unheard of, frankly, and until this current decade. Climate change is the defining challenge of our generation. The next 11 years will be instrumental in...