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26/06/2019 | 10:57:19 Thank you Chair, and thank you to the rapporteur for her excellent work. This is an exceptionally important debate in seeking to do more to protect the human rights of people with mental health difficulties. I was also very interested to hear from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Mijatovic. We were very happy to welcome her to our Ireland recently. As an occupational therapist and as a senator we know that we should be supporting people with mental health difficulties... 25/06/2019 | 17:09:59 Thank you chair and thank you to both rapporteurs for their strong work on this really important issue of gender equality. It is incredibly important that we continue to keep this issue on the agenda. As other speakers have said, the Istanbul Convention is a very significant and indeed essential international legal instrument, which involves criminalising or legally sanctioning different forms of violence against women: domestic violence, sexual harassment and psychological violence. It is a... 23/01/2019 | 18:50:32 Like other speakers, I want to strongly compliment the rapporteurs for their work on these issues and, most importantly, for putting them to the fore. It is great to see them on the agenda on this occasion. I come from a healthcare background. I am of the strong opinion, as are we all, that a disability should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life. What absolutely should count are a person’s abilities, talents, strengths, and determination to succeed and to participate fully...