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Dáil Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:


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 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 (since 25/01/2021)
  • 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 (since 25/01/2021)
  • 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 Joseph O'REILLY (Full Member): Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 21/01/2019 to 14/09/2020)


Last speeches

02/10/2019 | 16:11:27 Thank you Madame Chairperson. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the rapporteur Madame TRISSE for her report and recommendations, and also to congratulate the Governor of the bank on behalf of the United Left Group. Madame Chairperson, the Council of Europe Development Bank, or CEB as I will call it from now on is a very important institution of the Council. I feel the ability to lend money to member states that support the aims of the Council as an important part of supporting... 01/10/2019 | 11:03:35 Thank you. I would like to thank the rapporteur Mr Sylvain WASERMAN for his report. It is very interesting. Madame President, the protection of whistleblowers is vitally important. Many public bodies and organisations rely on the effect of whistleblowing in order to provide effective governance. It is a sad reflection on public organisations, but having effective protections and indeed having effective Ombudsman legislations which we will also be discussing this week are critical to ensure... 26/06/2019 | 10:38:13 Thank you, Madam Chairperson. I'm speaking on behalf of the Unified European Left. Madam Chairperson, according to global advocates on mental health, we are facing a global human rights emergency in this field. All over the world, people with mental health disabilities experience a wide range of human rights violations. Member States of the Council of Europe must advocate for mental health systems across the world to conform to a human-rights based approach, which is compatible with the... 25/06/2019 | 17:53:38 The Istanbul Convention is a very important document for the people of Ireland and should touch the standard and high estate deals with violence against women. In Ireland, one in five women have suffered an intimate partner violence and domestic abuse. Nine out of ten women who are killed, are killed by someone known to them with 56% of them killed by a partner or ex-partner. That in itself shows the importance of the Convention and the need to implement it and the measures of the Istanbul... 10/04/2019 | 18:10:56 I welcome the opportunity to speak in this urgent debate on the role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly and the challenges for the future, as set out in the report approved by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy yesterday. I commend Mr Tiny KOX for his excellent work and dedication in presenting his report. On the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we should all be conscious of our responsibility to preserve the benefits to citizens that this Organisation has...