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Seanad: Order of Business (12 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: On 12 July, which is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland, Orangemen celebrate and commemorate the Battle of the Boyne. It was very concerning that cars and buses were set alight and pipe bombs and petrol bombs were thrown at the police last night. A great deal of good work has been done by many political parties and cross-community organisations and the Police Service of Northern Ireland,...

Seanad: Order of Business (11 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I also condemn the attacks in Derry and wish to point out that great cross-community work is being done to try to address these very difficult issues. It is something we must highlight. We are in a much better situation in the past 20 years because of the Good Friday Agreement.

Seanad: Order of Business (11 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: Those in Derry will get to the bottom of this very difficult situation and will have our support. I commend the Irish Air Corps, which helped put out a forest fire in Slieve Gullion in County Armagh. This cross-Border co-operation sometimes goes unnoticed but we must welcome it. I welcome Prince Harry and Meghan to Ireland. I have worn my Commonwealth tie today for everyone to see, to...

Seanad: Situation in Palestine: Statements (11 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: The Government has a very clear and strong position on illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. It is completely opposed to the construction of settlements and has consistently condemned their expansion. On an emotional level, the Bill has a strong appeal and I respect the motives of those supporting it. However, the Minister has made clear that the Government does not...

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I cautiously welcome the outcome of the Chequers negotiations last weekend. I think British politicians are eventually coming to their senses.It is time for reflection now because a bad deal for the United Kingdom is a bad deal for Ireland and for the European Union. I hope there will be a change of mind regarding Brexit. I hope also that Brexit will not happen and that this is good news....

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: It was a jamboree of insults. People's good character was dragged through the mud, and nobody appeared to apologise.

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I suppose Senator Norris is well able to stand up for himself after that. It is time the Seanad debated this issue and came up with some code of conduct regarding the media and various political parties because the previous presidential election sent out the wrong signal in terms of all the candidates. No one would get involved in such an election, particularly if it were similar to the...

Seanad: Order of Business (5 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I have been asked by members of the Irish-Bangladeshi community in Ireland to raise the current situation regarding the former Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia. She has been imprisoned and her supporters want her to receive a fair trial. They feel that in order to hold free, fair, participatory and inclusive parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, she should be released. Her case is very...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Care of the Elderly Provision (3 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I am asking the Minister for Health to confirm when the day-care centre for older people will open at the Ballinamore community nursing unit and primary care centre and if there are any plans to provide additional beds at the unit. I thank the Minister of State for being here today. I clearly remember five years ago turning the sod on the €6 million primary care centre and the 20-bed...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Care of the Elderly Provision (3 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Minister of State for his, as always, considered contribution. I welcome the fact that integrated social day-care services are planned and I hope the HSE will get the funding through the Estimates in 2019. We should support anything that prevents social isolation, reduces possible hospital admissions and supports the early discharge from acute settings. There is a very elderly...

Seanad: Order of Business (3 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I welcome-----

Seanad: Order of Business (3 Jul 2018)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the very recent decision, published only a few minutes ago, of the Unite trade union in the United Kingdom. It has agreed to be open to the possibility of a popular vote being held on any deal, depending on political circumstances. It is a bit vague but it is welcome. A few weeks ago we saw the polls change. Now 53% of the people of the United Kingdom want to remain. There was...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Hospital Facilities (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss with the Minister of State an excellent project for Roscommon University Hospital and the western region. As I said before, the medical rehabilitation unit is one of three major capital developments planned at Roscommon University Hospital. The other two are an endoscopy unit which is open and extremely busy and a hospice care centre that will be...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Hospital Facilities (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: Apart from the employment which will be created during the construction phase, it is also important to say that once the rehabilitation unit becomes fully operational, it will create 25 jobs initially and up to 50 when all phases are complete. When all of these positions come onstream, more than 400 staff will be working in the hospital which is busier and safer than ever. However, I really...

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: I agree with Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell in her view on the Sparkasse banking model, for which Ireland is waiting. From speaking to people at the German embassy, I know that it has been a major success. It is a local bank and a people's bank. We need to do more in that regard. It would help the Irish banking system. I agree with Senators Victor Boyhan and David Norris. We are in a...

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: I listened to people on radio recently. What is happening is petty and cynical and denying people the right to see the Pope or their spiritual leader. We talk about celebrating diversity and encouraging difference, but what is happening does not do that. I appeal to those who are using this situation. What is happening is petty and wrong and they do not have the support of the vast...

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: Unfortunately, with everything being done online, they are being left out.

Seanad: Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2016: Report and Final Stages (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: I thank Senators Freeman, Craughwell and Marie-Louise O'Donnell for their work on this important issue. Senator Freeman has led the way and she summed up the matter when she said this is what is in the best interests of children. The very thought of a child being detained in an adult ward is repugnant to all of us. The trauma experienced by a child placed in an adult psychiatric ward, and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Railway Safety (Amendment) Bill 2018: Discussion (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: I took the train from Sligo yesterday and it was a very pleasant experience. If it was a little quicker, it would be better but it was pleasant nonetheless. I have a few questions regarding the general scheme of the railway safety (amendment) Bill. The witness said that with the amendment to the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009, the school transport scheme was inadvertently excluded...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Railway Safety (Amendment) Bill 2018: Discussion (27 Jun 2018)

Frank Feighan: It is a very liberal regime.

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