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Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I am in favour of holding accountable all people who commit crimes, and I am talking about people on both sides. The Minister says the EU is working towards a genuine and inclusive political transition but I get the impression that "political transition" also refers to regime change. They went into Iraq to implement regime change and look at the mayhem they have left behind them. As bad as...

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Charles Flanagan: Deputy Wallace and I disagree on a wide range of issues in regard to foreign policy and, indeed, domestic policy but there are two issues here with which I fully agree with him. The first is that there is not, in my view, any military solution to the situation in Syria and there must be a political and diplomatic solution. Second, I share Deputy Wallace's horror at the continuing conflict...

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

The Dáil adjourned at at 5.55 p.m. until 2. p.m. on Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Charles Flanagan: I thank Deputies O'Keeffe, Michael Collins and Mattie McGrath for raising this important issue. Let me reiterate in the strongest possible terms that Ireland strongly condemns all forms of persecution on the basis of religion or belief, irrespective of where they occur or who the victims are or might be. We attach great importance to combatting all forms of discrimination based on religion...

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Syrian Conflict

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I thank the Minister for being here to take the issue and the Ceann Comhairle for allowing it. If Bashar al-Assad deliberately used chemical weapons on his own people, that is horrific. He should certainly be held to account. He has done bad things previously but the refusal to look for evidence and to have an independent inquiry is worrying. If the response to the assumption that there...

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Charles Flanagan: I welcome the opportunity to address this House on the situation in Syria once again. It is beyond doubt the greatest challenge facing the international community at present. The situation continues to be a matter of gravest concern and efforts to resolve it reflect not only the challenges internal to Syria, but wider regional and global dynamics. I was horrified by the news of last...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Kevin O'Keeffe: I thank the Minister for his response. I agree with what he has said. I acknowledge the good work of the NGOs, our Defence Forces and the Naval Service. However, we believe more could be done. Europe has learned its lesson from the Yugoslav war. It was a neighbouring country of EU countries. We should remember what happened there with the minority religious groups. Plenty of...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Mattie McGrath: I thank the Minister for his compassion and interest. It is sad that it is Holy Thursday evening during seachtain na Cásca when we are having this debate. That is our choosing. It is appropriate to have it this evening. I apologise for Deputy Grealish who had to leave for an engagement in Galway. I thank him. I know Deputy O'Keeffe and others are travelling to Frascati again...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Bernard Durkan: Thank you, Deputy.

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Mattie McGrath: I beg your indulgence for a minute. Deputy Collins did not take his time, so you might allow me a little grace. I am delighted that we got the opportunity to raise this matter. I am very pleased that the Minister is present to hear us. I know he is engaging and that he intends to engage. We have many Muslims in my constituency and in the constituencies of my colleagues as well. They...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Mattie McGrath: Go raibh maith agat. Ar an chéad dul síos ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháil leis an Cheann Comhairle as an motion inniu. I thank the Acting Chairman for the opportunity to speak and I thank the Minister, Deputy Flanagan, for being here. I know he is very busy. I thank him for his engagement with myself and Deputies Grealish, O'Keeffe and Michael Collins on this...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the Deputies for raising this important issue. There is a grim timeliness about this Topical Issue debate. It is deeply dismaying that we should need to discuss continuing violence and persecution against Christians in the Middle East as we prepare to commemorate the Easter holidays. I must begin by expressing my horror at the attacks on two Coptic churches in Egypt on Sunday, and...

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Staff Recruitment (13 Apr 2017)

Pat Gallagher: I thank the Minister of State for responding but not for her response. We are very proud of the service that has been provided at Letterkenny University Hospital and I pay tribute to all of those who are involved. However, they are under serious pressure. Until Deputy Pringle and I received this letter, we were of the view that it was only a matter of time before the appointment of a...

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Staff Recruitment (13 Apr 2017)

Thomas Pringle: I thank the Minister of State for delivering the response and hopefully she will take the message back to the Minister that we are not satisfied with the answer that has been provided. The response states:[T]he requirements of the Letterkenny breast cancer service in the medium term are being assessed. This is being done in the light of the clear evidence that patients who are operated on...

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Staff Recruitment (13 Apr 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I wish to make a number of comments. Deputy Gallagher has requested a meeting with the Minister and I will certainly pass on that request. It is my understanding from the reply that every effort is being made to fill the post but, unfortunately, it has not yet been filled. The Deputies have clearly indicated their concerns in respect of the service in Letterkenny University Hospital. As a...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Christian Community in the Middle East

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Kevin O'Keeffe: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for facilitating this debate. I am not looking for a change in foreign policy but for more emphasis to be put on this issue, which my colleagues Deputies Mattie McGrath and Noel Grealish join with me in raising today. Ireland was once known as the land of saints and scholars. This arose from our conversion to Christianity centuries ago. Europe has come a...

Topical Issue Debate: Christian Community in the Middle East (13 Apr 2017)

Michael Collins: Open Doors, an advocacy group, has been monitoring Christian persecution for over 60 years. It has stated a number of facts in its assessment of global trends in persecution in its world watch list for 2017. Open Doors has noted that 2017 is the fourth year in a row in which the level of overall persecution has risen. North Korea is still the number one offender. Islamic extremism...

Other Questions: Shared Services (13 Apr 2017)

5 o’clock Written Answers follow Adjournment.

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