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Seanad: Order of Business (20 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: I read with much joy that the English FA, the Irish FA, the Welsh FA, the Scottish FA and the FAI are looking at bidding for the 2030 World Cup. It would be a five-way bid. This is hugely significant, especially after we were not successful in getting the Rugby World Cup. In 2002, we were looking at the European Championships for the island. This sends out a signal that we are able to...

Seanad: Project 2040 and Transport Matters: Statements (20 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the Minister to the House. I took great interest in Project Ireland 2040 - Linking People and Places when it was launched in June. There are many elements of the plan which are both necessary and welcome. I particularly welcome the fact that the plan refers to an investment of €53 million in greenway infrastructure between 2019 and 2021. However, I have a difficulty....

Seanad: Project 2040 and Transport Matters: Statements (20 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: I know who objected to the hotel and the objection was due to the lesser horseshoe bat. Droppings were found under the tower where the hotel was to be located. The lesser horseshoe bat had never been seen north of Athlone but it stopped a development worth €100 million. Had it gone ahead, Boyle would now be a major tourist attraction. It is frustrating and annoying. I ask the...

Seanad: Order of Business (19 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: I went out to meet ex-members of the Defence Forces who had a coherent and loud message for Government that they wanted better conditions. It is something as a member of Government I certainly support. I hope the Government can see a way to working towards getting better conditions for people who have effectively held the line in difficult times and who have represented our country around...

Seanad: Mental Health (Renewal Orders) Bill 2018: Order for Second Stage (19 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: I move: "That Second Stage be taken today."

Seanad: Mental Health (Renewal Orders) Bill 2018: Second and Subsequent Stages (19 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: I know that the Government is very anxious to expedite this emergency legislation. Senator Wilson has rightly said that this has cross-party support. Much work has been done and many parties have come together to make sure we get what is best for the patient. The Bill is a response to the finding by the Court of Appeal in June that section 15(3) of the Mental Health Act 2001 is...

Seanad: Mental Health (Renewal Orders) Bill 2018: Second and Subsequent Stages (19 Sep 2018)

Frank Feighan: Tomorrow at 10.30 a.m.

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...

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