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Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Brexit, the Good Friday-Belfast Agreement and the Environment: Discussion (4 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: We had great success here on many difficult issues and that could be a success also. Ms Duggan referred to the several shared protected Natura sites. Where are the sites? What is the location of one or two of them? Is there one in Carlingford?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Brexit, the Good Friday-Belfast Agreement and the Environment: Discussion (4 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: I thank the delegates for the reports. The environmental issue is one we overlooked. It is very worthwhile, therefore, that the reports are before the committee.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: International Recognition for Irish Athletics (3 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: I apologise for being late. Senator Mark Daly and I were at a meeting of the steering committee that is commemorating the centenary of events that took place from 1919 on. The witnesses will understand the complexity of the issues the steering committee is considering. A meeting like this brings a focus to what has happened on the island of Ireland and between Ireland and the UK. I am a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: International Recognition for Irish Athletics (3 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: The link is through the Commonwealth Games.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: International Recognition for Irish Athletics (3 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: This is sometimes an issue where there are, say, two rural GAA clubs, each of which has a chairman, a secretary and players. Let us suppose the two clubs should come together for the betterment of both and that the GAA would not mind the amalgamation taking place. Often the issue is that there can be only one chairman and a certain number of players. That is what it comes down to. There...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (2 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: Today saw the opening of the European Parliament, with many competing Members. There were protests by the British Liberal Democrat MEPs with their "B to Brexit" or "Stop Brexit" T-shirts. There was also a protest by the Catalan separatist movement. The most frustrating was the Brexit Party MEPs turning their backs to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (2 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: The presence of the PSNI is very significant. I recall that two years ago the Garda and the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, attended the Pride parade in Belfast. These events have great significance for the island of Ireland and deserve to be acknowledged. I also wish to acknowledge the fact that the Sinn Féin Mayor of Belfast City Council, John Finucane, laid a wreath in memory of the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (2 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: I acknowledge that people are prepared to put their heads above the parapet to state that there are two strands to our history. A fortnight ago I was in Crossmaglen with the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly to conduct a survey on illicit smuggling. The GAA, the schools and the PSNI are doing a huge amount of work there as well, which should be welcomed. The GAA operates on a...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (2 Jul 2019)

Frank Feighan: It shows a lack of respect to a piece of music that represents understanding and peace between member states. I believe they do not represent the British public.Over the years we have paid huge respect to the British national anthem and all other national anthems, and vice versa. We would be very upset if such disrespect was shown to our national anthem. The "Ode to Joy" is not just for...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: I saw the photograph and was horrified. I am saddened by the deaths but I will attend the reception in the American Embassy. I am sure that most Members of the Oireachtas and, indeed, the people on this island will view the reception as an invitation. I shall attend to pay my respects to the American people. I have issues with Donald Trump and I do not agree with him but a boycott of our...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: I reject what has been said by Senator Nash. Fine Gael worked very closely with the Labour Party in a very difficult time. The Labour Party and Fine Gael helped to rescue this country. Senator Nash's comments are not representative of what I believe. We will agree to differ. As Chairman of Committee A of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I mentioned yesterday that the committee...

Seanad: Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (26 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: I understand that Senator McDowell has the right to move the amendment at any point.

Seanad: Summer Economic Statement 2019: Statements (26 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the Minister of State and the summer economic statement. When the previous Government came into office in 2011, the country was literally on its knees and the Republic was in peril. Not too many people understand that now. In the past seven or eight years, Government has managed our finances. As stated earlier, unemployment, after peaking at 16% in 2012, is now below 4.5% and...

Seanad: Summer Economic Statement 2019: Statements (26 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: At 10.30 a.m tomorrow

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Accessibility of Public Transport for People with Disabilities: Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (26 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: When we were doing this report on accessibility to public transport for people with disabilities, it was an eye-opener for the members of the committee. I thank the stakeholders who engaged with the committee. The witnesses appeared before the committee and they clearly and starkly articulated their experiences with disadvantage, exclusion and unequal treatment. I have only noticed it...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Garda Stations (25 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Jim Daly, to the House. I am very pleased he is here to discuss this very important issue. As the Minister of State will appreciate, there is a growing level of urgency in regard to the need to progress the project. Unfortunately, gardaí in Sligo expressed their deep concern in late 2017 when they staged a protest about the conditions in which...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Garda Stations (25 Jun 2019)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Minister of State for the update. I am happy that things are moving in the right direction. I would like to get a specific timeframe for delivery of these stations. However, I understand that these are quite complex processes involving the OPW and PPP projects. The Minister of State referred to planning and design. I am very aware of this Garda station. I drive or walk by it...

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

Frank Feighan: I would also like to be associated with the messages of condolences to the late councillor, Manus Kelly, who was tragically killed in the rally in Donegal. I was driving to Dublin today and was shocked at the level of discourse among British politicians and broadcasters. I heard Edwina Currie, who was a minister in the British Government many years ago and who is now a broadcaster and...

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

Frank Feighan: I am at a loss, having found out that this is the level of discourse in the British Parliament and among senior British politicians. They believe that they need somebody dodgy. This is not a Third World country.

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

Frank Feighan: This is the United Kingdom that was supposed to be the home of democracy. I hear Boris Johnson, who will probably be the next Prime Minister, state that there are abundant technical solutions. I happened to be in Northern Ireland with the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly. We are doing a study on illicit cross-Border activity. It was shocking. We met with the head of the Police...

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