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Fianna Fáil

Seanad Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2022 , 2021 , 2020


In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe since 25/01/2021
  • Member: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 15/09/2020 to 25/01/2021

In the Assembly

  • since 15/09/2020 Representative - Ireland

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

  • Member: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs (since 25/04/2022)
  • Ex officio (Rule 14.3 of the Rules of Procedure): Bureau of the Assembly (since 21/05/2021)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 25/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 15/09/2020)
  • Chairperson of national delegation: Standing Committee (since 15/09/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World (since 27/01/2022)
  • Vice-Chairperson: Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (since 25/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (since 26/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (since 26/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (from 26/01/2021 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Dara CALLEARY (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 24/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Paul GAVAN (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 15/09/2020 to 23/01/2022)


Last speeches

23/06/2022 | 15:43:20 Thank you, Mister President. Earlier this year, Ireland commemorated 100 years since the establishment of our independent state. The course of our independence was not without difficulty because of the partition of our country, division between north and south, Catholics and Protestants, unionists and nationalists. The Good Friday Agreement, negotiated by brave men and women in 1998, marked the end of three decades of bloody violence and was, and is, a blueprint for building a new future on... 20/06/2022 | 15:25:06 Thank you, Madam Chair, and on behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, I want to thank the rapporteur for the work that he has done in producing this report. Our countries have become more diverse in recent decades, and this should be seen as a strength, but sadly it's seen as a threat by many and because of this threat that they perceive they openly engage in racism and discrimination. Hate speech is rife and it permeates public communication, including political... 27/04/2022 | 18:39:43 Thank you, Madam President. My colleague has outlined about the Criminal Assets Bureau that we have in Ireland, which has been very successful since it was started in 1996. There's no doubt that organised criminals are motivated by financial gain and that criminal entrepreneurs can generate vast profits. Essentially, these people are enriching themselves at society's expense. Particularly when it comes to the area of drugs. And the work of the Bureau is critical in terms of targeting those... 27/04/2022 | 16:46:46 Thank you very much. There is no doubt that the world changed on the 24th of February. This Assembly acted quickly and correctly in terms of making the unanimous decision that Russia should not be a member of the Council of Europe, in terms of them having broken every rule in the book about human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. My own country has shown great leadership. My colleagues, Senator Timmy Dooley, and Member of the European Parliament, Billy Kelleher, have both visited the... 26/04/2022 | 17:08:26 Thank you very much, Mister Vice-President. Tonight we will have the presentation of the Council of Europe Museum Prize to the Nano Nagle Place in Cork. Very central to the work that Nano Nagle did 250 years ago was that essence of dignity within every human person. I think that that is central to the debate that we're having here this evening. I'd really like to thank the rapporteur for her work. It is an excellent document, and of course, I support all of the recommendations that are made...


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