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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I agree with Senator McDowell. He called it right last week with regard to the Prime Minister's and the Conservative Party's intent on no deal. Today's leak of the telephone conversation between the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Angela Merkel was not in good faith. It is obvious now that the Conservative Government is intent on no deal. We joined the EU with our British friends in...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Group and Port of Waterford Company: Chairpersons Designate (2 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the witnesses. They have all had their ups and downs. My first points are directed to Ms Hynes, chairperson designate of the Shannon Group. Its establishment in 2014 was very positive and I commend the work done there. I felt that the Shannon stopover which was eliminated a number of years ago was a drain on the rest of Ireland. It was the right decision by the then Government....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Group and Port of Waterford Company: Chairpersons Designate (2 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I congratulate Mr. Michael Cawley on his appointment as chairman of Fáilte Ireland. Did he attend this committee with Michael O'Leary before?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Group and Port of Waterford Company: Chairpersons Designate (2 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I will always remember the day Michael O’Leary was here. There were so many people offering to attack, I ended up actually sitting beside Michael O'Leary. After three hours he left but nobody had laid a glove on him.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Group and Port of Waterford Company: Chairpersons Designate (2 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: It was one of those interesting days and fair play to him. I congratulate Fáilte Ireland on hitting 10 million visitors, the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. All these projects have made a huge difference. Coming from a constituency of Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal, I see first-hand facilities such as the surfing school at...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Group and Port of Waterford Company: Chairpersons Designate (2 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: Yes, Boda Borg.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (1 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: Last night, I watched with utter disbelief the leaks of the non-paper on replacing the backstop with customs posts along the Border. This is absolutely farcical and it simply would not work. A solution cannot be imposed on the island of Ireland unless the people on the island of Ireland are in agreement. I welcome that today Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has distanced himself-----

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (1 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I understand that and I will speak during the debate. However, I felt this was very important-----

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (1 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: My apologies. I was not here when the Cathaoirleach made his ruling. I was not aware of it. I will move on to decentralisation. Senator Leyden is absolutely right that we need a new emphasis on decentralisation. We cannot just have decentralisation throughout the country while senior civil servants have to live in Dublin. Now is the time to have the political capital in Dublin and the...

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Statements (1 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: I also welcome the Minister of State. I will indulge myself by saying that at Westminster there is huge admiration among most MPs for the Minister of State, the Taoiseach, the Tanáiste, Deputy Simon Coveney, and my colleague, Senator Neale Richmond. As we have said in the House before, there is huge unity here among all parties that a key priority which is shared by our EU partners is...

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Statements (1 Oct 2019)

Frank Feighan: At 10.30 a.m. tomorrow.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2019)

Frank Feighan: I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, namely, that No. 13, the Road Traffic (Amendment) 2015 Bill, be taken before No. 1. The Bill will make it a legal requirement to restrain a dog in a secure fashion when travelling in a vehicle. I hope my colleagues will support my proposal to amend the Order of Business.

Seanad: Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2019: First Stage (25 Sep 2019)

Frank Feighan: I move:That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for an offence of driving with an unrestrained dog on board certain mechanically propelled vehicles; for that purpose to amend the Road Traffic Act 1961 and to provide for related matters.

Seanad: Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2019: First Stage (25 Sep 2019)

Frank Feighan: Next Tuesday.

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

Frank Feighan: I join my colleagues in welcoming today's British Supreme Court ruling, which indicates that common sense is returning to our friends and neighbours. I have often said that we view Brexit as the British accidentally shooting themselves in our foot. That said, there is goodwill in the Parliament of the United Kingdom and in this Parliament. We are committed Europeans but we want to remain...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance Review Group Report for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland: Sport Ireland (17 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: It is nice to be here after four months. I was also put on the ticket today to contest the next general election. I hope to be back here as a Deputy but if I am not elected, I hope I will get a Taoiseach's nomination to the Seanad.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance Review Group Report for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland: Sport Ireland (17 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: I thank Mr. Horan and the review group for their report. I thank Sport Ireland, which has been in a difficult situation for the past few years. It has dealt with this quite well, so far so good. It is a situation it does not like to find itself in. We are very fortunate to have such a competent organisation to deal with a situation none of us wants to deal with. The FAI has form here,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance Review Group Report for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland: Sport Ireland (17 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: We know the 78 recommendations will be put to the FAI members. What happens if they do not all go through?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance Review Group Report for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland: Sport Ireland (17 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: I am interested in the international recognition of Irish athletes. The Friends of Irish Athletics appeared before the committee. The Chairman made a statement. What happened? Why did they come in here?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance Review Group Report for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland: Sport Ireland (17 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: Why would somebody say that somebody in Armagh could not compete for Ireland?

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