Dáil debates

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

5:00 am

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputy Sargent has given me notice in writing that he wishes to make a personal explanation and the Chair agrees.

Photo of Trevor SargentTrevor Sargent (Dublin North, Green Party)
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It has been brought to my attention that in the course of paying tribute to the late Margaret Hassan in the Dáil on 17 November 2004, I stated that she had converted to Islam. This statement was incorrect and was made in error. I would like to withdraw the statement and correct the public record by stating that Margaret Hassan did not convert to Islam. She was a committed and practising Roman Catholic until her death. I apologise for this error and take this opportunity to reiterate my deep admiration for Margaret Hassan's work and my revulsion at her murder.

Again I express on my own behalf and on behalf of An Comhaontas Glas, the Green Party in Ireland, my deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.