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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: He did.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the €3 billion national broadband plan which has received EU state aid approval. It is the biggest investment in rural Ireland and every farm, home, business and school will be connected. It is due to start in eight weeks' time. Rural Ireland will not be left behind and the Government has made a significant gesture to help it to get on its feet. Some 90% of businesses and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I thank Senator Craughwell.

Seanad: Public Service Broadcasting: Statements (19 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: The Minister of State is not required to provide a copy. Can we get a copy?

Seanad: Emergency Aeromedical Support Service: Statements (19 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I could not overemphasise how important this service has been. Since 2012, hundreds of lives have been saved. Senator Humphreys summed it up correctly that these are men and women, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters around the country. I know how important this was. Before we had this service hundreds of people died unnecessarily. Due to the joined-up thinking of the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (13 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I also thank Senators for their support in respect of the Cuisle centre in County Roscommon. This is a situation where the Irish Wheelchair Association seems to be doing its own thing. Various Oireachtas Members had a meeting with the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Finian McGrath, last week. I hope that we get answers to the questions that have been posed. This will...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I am sure many Members will share my sentiments if they saw last night's BBC Northern Ireland's "Spotlight" programme that dealt with the intimidation of Kevin Lunney, a director of Quinn Industrial Holdings. It was very sad. He was abducted, tortured and assaulted. There has been ongoing intimidation of all the directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings. The rule of law must be upheld in...

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: Is the amendment being withdrawn?

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: Yes, on Report Stage.

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: Amendment No. 2, in the name of Senator Craughwell, and amendments Nos. 16, 17, 19 to 24, inclusive, 26 and 28 to 30, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together, by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: Amendments Nos. 3 and 4 are related and may be discussed together, by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Seanad: Report of Seanad Public Consultation Committee: Statements (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: It was shoddy and lazy and I am glad local authorities are beginning to see these businesses were the lifeblood of the streets and they have lost that. I thank the Minister of State for letting me in to contribute. I could talk about this for 20 minutes but I am delighted to get in.

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Statements (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the Tánaiste and compliment him and his team on the great work they have done over the past three and a half years. Any time I visit Westminster and my British colleagues ask me what I think of Brexit, I always say we view Brexit as the British accidentally shooting themselves, but in our foot. It is a difficult situation. Somebody referred to the Minister for Education and...

Seanad: Report of Seanad Public Consultation Committee: Statements (6 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I am somebody who grew up in business and employed more than 30 people many years ago long before I entered politics. I welcome this report and I congratulate Senator Ó Céidigh and all those involved in it. A lack of access to finance is a problem for small companies and we know cash flow is the lifeblood of many companies. I want to resolve one matter in particular. When the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I welcome our new colleague, Senator Pippa Hackett. It is a great honour to come through the gates to either House of the Oireachtas. I pay tribute to her colleague who has gone to the European Parliament. She is hugely respected in all parties. I wish Senator Hackett all the best. I condemn outright the attack on the property of my colleague, Deputy Martin Kenny, last Sunday week. The...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: Hear, hear.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Nov 2019)

Frank Feighan: I ask anybody with information to contact the Garda. There is a peaceful and respectful group in Ballinamore and I hope we come to a resolution to a very difficult situation. I condemn outright the attack on the property of our colleague and friend, Deputy Martin Kenny. I pay tribute to Gay Byrne. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, he was a light in a very dark era of our country. He...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (15 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I concur with Senator Marshall on that most wonderful book, Lost Lives: The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland Troubles. It is the best historical journalism that this country has ever seen. It shows that there are human stories behind the statistics. It is a book of remembrance and one that I have taken out of the Oireachtas Library many...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: It is worrying and disturbing to see Turkey attacking the Kurds in Syria. These Kurds of the Peshmerga and their forces did everything to quash ISIS and I cannot understand it. Maybe we should call the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to the House to ask him why this is happening. These forces, of both men and women, did a huge service in getting rid of the ISIS threat, but it seems...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: Senator Leyden rightly said that it might be time to look at a 24-hour blackout on information regarding Brexit. Yesterday, there was a controversial and disputed interpretation from Number 10 regarding the Johnson-Merkel talks that needed to be challenged. I believe the Tánaiste was right when he said that a no-deal Brexit would not be Ireland's choice or the choice of the EU but...

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