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Sinn Féin

Seanad Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2


Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
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 Diasporas and Integration (since 30/01/2020)
  • 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

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... 01/10/2019 | 10:23:22 On behalf of the United European Left I want to warmly welcome this report and resolution and congratulate the rapporteur. Whistle-blowers play an essential role in any open and transparent democracy. They need to be given recognition and protection in law. This is a matter of fundamental rights. We need responsible citizens to disclose serious failings in the public interest if they come across them within government or the private sector. They need to do this without fear or repercussion... 27/06/2019 | 10:46:56 Thank you Chairperson. On behalf of the United European Left I want to commend the authors of these two excellent reports and fully endorse their recommendations. We are aware of the deep humanitarian crises that war, imperialism, poverty, inequality, persecutions and climate change are causing across the world. Many of the refugees and migrants that have come to Europe in recent times seeking sanctuary and a better life are children. Many of them are unaccompanied. They are at a severe risk... 26/06/2019 | 19:01:10 Thank you. God, I want to begin, first of all, by acknowledging the rapporteur, Mr OMTZIGT. We come from different political traditions. This is an excellent report, and I've been quite taken aback by the attempted defense, a few minutes ago, by my colleague from Malta. And, indeed, the comments from my colleague from Azerbaijan — I know what happens to journalists in Azerbaijan —. Daphne Galizia was Malta's leading investigative journalist. She was fearless in her work, and she uncovered...


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