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24/01/2024 | 16:03:46 Thank you, Mr Chairperson, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has outlined in the report that general government spending is on the increase around their organisation. And it was also concerned that the Covid-19 pandemic, global conflicts and the climate crisis and raising inequalities have reversed global progress on poverty reduction. But it is clear that all of those factors are influenced by human activity. And it is human activity that can solve those... 21/06/2023 | 20:47:03 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Article 6 of the report states ‘the Assembly Considers that the UK system of giving affect to the European Convention on Human Rights through the operation of the Human Rights Act is, in many respects, an excellent example of an effective domestic mechanism for ensuring that the Convention rights are respect for the separation of powers and for the democratic debate in determining how rights and laws should be developed and balanced…… The... 21/06/2023 | 20:39:14 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) This debate is very timely and remarkable in that it does not mention the shocking incident that happened in the Aegean Sea last week. Perhaps the incident has happened to close to the debate today and the documents were ready but, while last weeks incident was shocking in the amount of people that were drowned, it is sadly not unusual. That is something that we must be constantly aware of. It is estimated that over the last number of years... 20/06/2023 | 16:15:56 Go raibh maith agat, a chathaoirleach [Thank you, President, in Irish] Belarus certainly is a repulsive regime as can be seen by the briefing material provided and by a quick internet search for today's topic. In relation to the Council of Europe, it can be seen that Belarus applied for membership in 1993 but as yet has not been accepted. Indeed, this Assembly decided to suspend the Belarusian Parliament's special guest status in 2009 and it has not yet been lifted and will only be considered... 25/04/2023 | 19:35:44 Thank you, Madam President. And I would like to congratulate the rapporteur on the report. I think it's very worthwhile. The partnership for democracy is an interesting and useful tool of the Council of Europe as I see it. I know the report's intention is to increase the benefits for members of the partnership and there is no doubt that for the member States to embrace the conditions and make them work there should be a benefit. I see in the report that there is clearly one member State who... 25/04/2023 | 18:18:30 Thank you, Chairman.  The interaction of the state and the European Convention on Human Rights is vitally important to make sure that all citizens and every member State can benefit from the protection of the court. The actions called for member States for this report are significant and should be looked at as such by every member State, and their participation should be measured by how they comply. Every member State should particularly look at point 18.6 to ensure that, in conjunction with... 26/01/2023 | 12:58:15 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Mr. President, dear colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the council for the opportunity to speak on this important debate. There is no doubt that the invasion and illegal war by the Russian Federation is totally wrong and should be opposed on all sides. There is a need that all forms of aggression need to be highlighted and brought to justice. The people of Ukraine did not ask for or pursue this war. While there is no... 24/01/2023 | 18:43:17 The Rekjavik Summit of the Council of Europe is without doubt a success of the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe. I would like to pay tribute to the Icelandic Presidency as well for the hosting of the conference. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and pay tribute to the leader of the Irish delegation, Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN, on her work in making this event happen as well. (This is probably the only time I will pay tribute to a member of Fianna Fáil during a speech in... 11/10/2022 | 18:56:34 Thank you Madam Speaker. I'd like to thank Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW for his report. I'm happy to support it here tonight. As noted within the explanatory memorandum, the concept of the "other" is utilised and weaponised throughout the political strategy. As we witness the increasing rise of right and far-right politics within member States, it is vital that we do not fall into a trap of ideological neutrality and ambivalence. Indeed it would do us well to remember an interview given by Mr... 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...