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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: I condemn An Post for its decision to close the post office in Gurteen, south Sligo. This was on the cards for some months. The local communities rallied together and got a reprieve for a month. Everything possible was done to increase footfall and attract more customers. An Post has gone back on its word, however, and the post office will now close at the end of February. It is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: There was some €16 million for St. Patrick’s Community Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon. I have raised this issue twice during Commencement matters. Based on my dealings with Roscommon hospital, I know how much of an inconvenience it is for the management to carry out this development. However, it has to be done. The Government cannot just grant funding and demand that the...

Seanad: Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (19 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: When is it proposed to sit again?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: I compliment the former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern on his answer to a question from an Member of Parliament in the House of Commons yesterday about Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth. His answer was appropriate, but the question had been put in jest by a Scottish SNP member and was not meant as a real question, although some Conservative and other MPs might be more...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: I agree with my colleague, Senator Norris. There have been many sane voices in Westminster, however. I am thinking of Dominic Grieve, Keir Starmer and many more. It is unfortunate that over the last two or three years, we have heard from people like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg who do not represent the British people. I hope that this has been a dose of reality from Donald Tusk, and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: I am not sure if it is still there, but we went to purgatory to atone for our sins before we went to heaven. Hell was the last place we wanted. I am not as well-versed, as I should be.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: Limbo is gone. I thank the Senator for that.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: I have always had great admiration for the SDLP. In the last few months, there has been talk of a merger with Fianna Fáil. I hope that will be good for the SDLP. It has been a very democratic nationalist party. There are mixed views as to its merger with Fianna Fáil. There are many people in the SDLP who have more in common with the Irish Labour Party and, indeed, a few have...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Feb 2019)

Frank Feighan: Some 70% of people from the island of Ireland residing overseas reside in Commonwealth countries. Brexit has brought about divisions but once we get over this very difficult time, relationships on the island of Ireland, between the two islands and, of course, with Europe, because we are proud and active Europeans, will be in a different space. I hope we can work together to achieve all the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (31 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: I also join my colleagues in remembering the four young men who died tragically in Donegal last Sunday in that tragic accident - Shaun Harkin, Mícheal Roarty, John Harley and Daniel Scott. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends and indeed the communities of Gortakhork and Gweedore that are saddened and numb today. We are moving into a very interesting and dangerous time...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (31 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: I can take flights from Knock to Malaga.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: Senator Mulherin has a point about Airbnb and Booking.com. I know first hand from my own town in Boyle, where we do not have a hotel, that over the winter and the summer many people stay in farmhouses and houses around the country. With all of these new apps and modern technology such as Google Maps, they are finding their way to country lanes and this is actually helping the tourism...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Marine Casualty Investigation Board: Chairperson Designate (30 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: I thank Ms Callanan for her presentation and I welcome her. This was a board of which I was not aware. I imagine that most people in Leinster House are not aware of it. It was set up in 2002. In the early 2000s and 2010s, people talked about getting rid of quangos. Due diligence was done on this board and it survived, so it obviously has an important role. I will ask some questions...

Seanad: Directly Elected Mayors: Statements (29 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Minister of State. When is it proposed to sit again?

Seanad: Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. John Horan (29 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: The uachtarán, his family and the GAA family are heartily welcome here today. This is very historic. It is a great day and it is great to see the uachtarán here. I come from a different side of the GAA. The late Sean Young, who was my manager, played for Derry. He always said that I was more interested in where we were going after the match than in the match itself. I ended up...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: Recently, the issue of rural transport has been in the news, as well as drink driving and many other aspects. A lot of has been done with the rural transport initiative. The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Jim Daly, and Deputy Robert Troy have hit upon a unique idea of an Uber-style rural taxi service or, as the Minister of State called it, a "Ruxi". In Dublin, we...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Business of Joint Committee (23 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: At what time will that meeting take place?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Business of Joint Committee (23 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: Is the meeting of 30 January also at 1.30 p.m.?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Business of Joint Committee (23 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: When is the FAI coming before the committee?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Corporate Governance Framework of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Discussion (23 Jan 2019)

Frank Feighan: Mr. Doyle is most welcome. Corporate governance is something we have embraced only in recent years. I was delighted when the 2014 Civil Service renewal plan tried to introduce corporate governance in all areas. It shows professionalism in the Department, which I welcome. Corporate governance incorporates rules, practices and processes. It is a balancing act between the many stakeholders...

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