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Fianna Fáil

Seanad Éireann
IE - - Dublin 2

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
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 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 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 (since 26/01/2021)
  • Alternate of Mr Paul GAVAN (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 15/09/2020)


Last speeches

22/04/2021 | 12:38:24 Thank you very much, Madam Chair. And I want to commend and support the report from the co-rapporteurs. I think they have done a very valuable job in relation to the report in terms of highlighting what we all need to be incredibly concerned about. The recent developments in Turkey, there is no doubt, further undermined democracy, rule of law, and of course human rights. The crackdown on political opposition is very very concerning. The investigation and prosecution that have targeted... 22/04/2021 | 11:07:15 Thank you, Chair. I welcome the opportunity to speak on this very important date. I want to commend the rapporteur Mr Jacques MAIRE in relation to his speech. I felt it was very measured and very balanced and his recommendations are proportionate and hugely, hugely important. We have spent the last three days talking about human rights, talking about upholding democracy and this case goes to the very, very core of those. The world is watching what is happening at the moment. We in the Council... 19/04/2021 | 18:35:26 Thank you, Madam Chair. I wish to commend the rapporteur for her report on preserving minority rights, which warns of rising hate speech, insufficient levels of communication and education in minority languages, and how states need to consult with minority groups to inform policies and legislation. And I want to whole-heartedly endorse and support the recommendations that she makes on behalf of the Irish delegation. As we know, the Framework Convention, which was adopted in 1994, sets out... 27/01/2021 | 18:02:51 Good afternoon and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on this excellent report. Firstly, I want to commend the rapporteur for her work and, of course, the excellent amendments that are there. I am inclined to agree with Lord Leslie GRIFFITHS with his point that maybe there should be some work in exploring the different types of NGOs and the type of value that they bring to our society, because it's important to discern the excellent work that is in the main done from those that...