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Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: I would like to use this opportunity to remember Maria McShane, who passed away last month. Last year I had the honour of meeting Maria in her home in County Armagh. Although she was in her sick bed at the time, she was in good spirits and it was easy to see why Maria had earned the love of all those who knew her. The best way to describe Maria McShane is that she was a typical rural Irish...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: There is a significant crisis within Unionism at the moment. Unionism is now a minority political view in the North of Ireland. This has been the case for the past number of elections but Unionist leaders have still not realised it. If those of a minority political view want to shape the future, they have a responsibility to work with others. Unfortunately, Unionism has not seemed to...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Ba mhaith liom focal a rá mar gheall ar rud maith atá á dhéanamh inniu, is é sin go mbeidh reachtaíocht teanga ó Thuaidh. Is trua liom go deimhin go gcaithimid braith ar Pharlaimint na Ríochta Aontaithe leis seo a dhéanamh ach sin mar atá. Tá súil agam go mbeidh téagar sa Bhille nua le cearta lucht labhartha na Gaeilge a...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Mick Barry: I will just have time to comment on a few issues here. I will comment on the Tories' legacy Bill and two of the industrial disputes currently taking place in Northern Ireland, and then I will see as to whether I might squeeze in another point. The legacy Bill was well summed up by Suzanne Breen, writing in the Belfast Telegraph, when she wrote: The Tories bill includes not only an...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: Deputy Brendan Smith and Deputy Ó Cuív are sharing time.

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Brendan Smith: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. Once again, we are debating Northern Ireland issues, legacy issues and the need to implement the protocol and to deal with outstanding issues relevant to it. It is most disappointing that the institutions established by the Good Friday Agreement are not in place or working on behalf of the people at present. In recent days,...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Mairead Farrell: The British Government's so-called Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill has been nicknamed the Bill of shame by victims and survivors of the conflict. That is absolutely no surprise. In 2014, the British Government was a co-signatory, with the five main parties in the North, to the Stormont House Agreement. That agreement was the first sign that there would be a human...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Bríd Smith: I am sharing time with Deputy Barry. Liz Truss said recently: "We will not rest until those responsible for atrocities, including military commanders and individuals... have faced justice." I deliberately left out four words, namely, "in the Putin regime". What type of hypocrisy is this coming from the mouth of the British Government? The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I am glad to have an opportunity to speak in this important debate. It should be remembered that from the outset, it was recognised that it was necessary to work at the Good Friday Agreement. This required all of the constituent bodies to work at it to ensure that it prevailed, regardless of what obstacles came their way. Unfortunately, at different times and for different reasons, parties...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: When the British Government announced the possibility of rolling back on previous commitments surrounding the protocol it directly undermined not only political stability in the North but also Northern Ireland's economy at a time when we should be focused on getting the institutions back up and running and growing the island's economy. I have heard the word trust mentioned here...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: We are here to discuss Northern Ireland and the rapidly evolving situation in relation to the Northern Ireland protocol, legacy issues and the shared responsibility that we hold with the UK regarding the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. They are all very live and important issues that are deserving of our time in this House. It is important that as we talk about the issues...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Seán Haughey: It is fair to say that British-Irish relations are not particularly good at this time. It all started with Brexit in 2016 and things have got steadily worse since then. The Brexit decision, in which the UK decided to disengage from the EU and go its own way, was a shock to the international community. The modus operandiof British Prime Minister and the governing style of the Conservative...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Martin Kenny: I recently listened to a representative of the DUP speaking on the radio. The point he made very strongly was that the North of Ireland should be treated no differently to any other part of the United Kingdom. He kept reiterating that point. It brought me back to the days at the very beginning of the negotiations on the Good Friday Agreement. Everyone recognised at the time, and it was...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: I congratulate the Minister and the Government for the work they are doing and the energy the Minister is putting into protecting the Good Friday Agreement. He and the Government, and all of us in the House, must make every effort to ensure Ireland remains at peace and the agreement signed almost 25 years ago is put into full fruition and comes to its full strength. In this respect,...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Brendan Howlin: At the beginning of this month, the people of Northern Ireland voted in Assembly elections but as the Minister rightly tells the House, they are no closer to having a functioning government because the largest unionist party is now absenting itself from the very institutions that were so carefully and painstakingly crafted. Just as they are here, people in Northern Ireland are suffering from...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Today is the 31st anniversary of the assassination of Councillor Eddie Fullerton. The Minister will be aware I have made a number of speeches in his presence about that case and the Minister is familiar with it. I will focus on the case of Councillor Eddie Fullerton again here today to illustrate what I believe is the serious bad faith by the British Government and the British state and how...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I too want to send my solidarity to the Fullerton family. I welcome the opportunity to speak on this issue here today, on the protocol, on legacy issues and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. It is important to name exactly what is happening here. The British Government is attempting unilaterally to smash an international legally binding agreement. The Good Friday Agreement...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

John Brady: It is unfortunate, but unavoidable, that as we debate the issues of the Irish protocol and the proposed flawed legacy legislation being floated by the British, that the common thread that binds the two issues in respect of the approach and actions of the British Government is an attitude of disdain, most certainly for the people of this entire island. There is also an attitude of disdain for...

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (25 May 2022)

Simon Coveney: Last Sunday, 22 May, marked the 24th anniversary of the simultaneous referenda on both sides of the Border on the Good Friday Agreement. The agreement was endorsed by 94% of people here and 71% of people in Northern Ireland. It was endorsed by 85% of those voting across the island as a whole. It was a transformative moment for the island. I remember the day vividly, as I expect most in...

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