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Dáil Independent Group

Dáil Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
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 Political Affairs and Democracy (from 12/10/2020 to 24/01/2021)
  • 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 (since 15/09/2020)
  • 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)


Last speeches

22/06/2022 | 10:25:24 Before I start, I would just like to commend and recommend Amendment 1 on behalf of our Group, put forward by Ms Laura CASTEL and Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW, I recommend that to the Parliament. Antisemitism is on the rise across Europe. That is a very worrying statement, but certainly it appears to be true. Of course, in Ireland, we cannot say that because we have no way of officially recording incidents of antisemitism, or indeed, any racist comments or crimes. I will deal with that later on... 21/06/2022 | 10:18:28 Go raibh maith agat, a Uachtarán (Thank you President) The role of the Council of Europe is very much the focus of attention now with the conflict in the Ukraine. Indeed sometimes one would be forgiven for thinking that the Council has a military arm when listening to the recent debates in the situation in Ukraine. It is understandable from the members from Ukraine to a certain extent but from some of the other members it is hard to take. I agree with the the Secretary General Ms Marija... 27/04/2022 | 11:18:16 The horrific of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation will have far-reaching effects across Europe and indeed the world. The continued aggression is shocking and the harm being done to the civilian population of Ukraine is terrible. There is no doubt that the efforts of this Council must be to support the people of Ukraine and put whatever pressure we can on the government of the Russian Federation to end this aggression. But we should also not support the government of Ukraine in... 26/04/2022 | 16:36:06 When we consider that the institutionalisation of persons with disabilities affects more than one million citizens within Europe, it shows that a lot needs to be done to satisfy the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Sadly, in Ireland, we have a terrible history of institutionalising citizens. There has been a long history of abuses being exposed over the last ten years or more with the government having to apologise to citizens on a regular basis. It... 26/01/2022 | 12:15:22 Thank you, Madam Chairperson. The COVID-19 pandemic was and certainly is a time of crisis. That definition is certainly true. The value of sport, both high-level professional and grassroots level, cannot be underestimated at this time and I think that that was one of the lessons of the pandemic. As the report says, small clubs and associations are the backbone of the European sports movement, nurturing local participation and community belonging. I think it also has shown that ultimately the...