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Mr Thomas PRINGLE (Ireland, UEL)

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Dáil Independent Group

Dáil Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2024 , 2023 , 2022 , 2021


In the political groups

  • Member: Group of the Unified European Left since 23/01/2019
  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group from 21/01/2019 to 22/01/2019

In the Assembly

  • since 21/01/2019 Substitute - Ireland

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

  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (since 22/01/2024)
  • Full Member: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 12/10/2020 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Human Rights (since 23/01/2024)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (since 24/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (since 22/03/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World (from 25/01/2021 to 26/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter (from 24/01/2019 to 14/09/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr Dara CALLEARY (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 25/01/2021 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Seán HAUGHEY (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 15/09/2020 to 11/10/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Emer HIGGINS (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 15/09/2020 to 21/01/2024)
  • Alternate of Mr Paul GAVAN (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 24/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Joseph O'REILLY (Full Member): Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 21/01/2019 to 14/09/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Emer HIGGINS (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Human Rights (from 23/01/2023 to 22/01/2024)
  • Alternate of Mr Paul GAVAN (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (since 26/01/2023)


Last speeches

24/01/2024 | 16:03:46 Thank you, Mr Chairperson, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has outlined in the report that general government spending is on the increase around their organisation. And it was also concerned that the Covid-19 pandemic, global conflicts and the climate crisis and raising inequalities have reversed global progress on poverty reduction. But it is clear that all of those factors are influenced by human activity. And it is human activity that can solve those... 21/06/2023 | 20:47:03 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Article 6 of the report states ‘the Assembly Considers that the UK system of giving affect to the European Convention on Human Rights through the operation of the Human Rights Act is, in many respects, an excellent example of an effective domestic mechanism for ensuring that the Convention rights are respect for the separation of powers and for the democratic debate in determining how rights and laws should be developed and balanced…… The... 21/06/2023 | 20:39:14 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) This debate is very timely and remarkable in that it does not mention the shocking incident that happened in the Aegean Sea last week. Perhaps the incident has happened to close to the debate today and the documents were ready but, while last weeks incident was shocking in the amount of people that were drowned, it is sadly not unusual. That is something that we must be constantly aware of. It is estimated that over the last number of years... 20/06/2023 | 16:15:56 Go raibh maith agat, a chathaoirleach [Thank you, President, in Irish] Belarus certainly is a repulsive regime as can be seen by the briefing material provided and by a quick internet search for today's topic. In relation to the Council of Europe, it can be seen that Belarus applied for membership in 1993 but as yet has not been accepted. Indeed, this Assembly decided to suspend the Belarusian Parliament's special guest status in 2009 and it has not yet been lifted and will only be considered... 25/04/2023 | 19:35:44 Thank you, Madam President. And I would like to congratulate the rapporteur on the report. I think it's very worthwhile. The partnership for democracy is an interesting and useful tool of the Council of Europe as I see it. I know the report's intention is to increase the benefits for members of the partnership and there is no doubt that for the member States to embrace the conditions and make them work there should be a benefit. I see in the report that there is clearly one member State who...