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Seanad: Seanad Bill 2016: Second Stage (13 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I did not have a vote.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Passport Services (14 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire Stáit as ucht a bheith anseo linn ar maidin leis an ábhar seo a phléigh. Tá fáilte roimhe. Tá a fhios agam, óna ról mar chathaoirleach ar choiste Chomhaontú Aoine an Chéasta, go bhfuil sé eolach faoina lán cúrsaí ó Thuaidh, cuid de rudaí agus an cineál ráchairte a...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Passport Services (14 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as ucht an freagra chuimsitheach atá sé i ndiaidh a thabhairt dúinn. There is some glimmer of hope in what the Minister of State has said.The statistics he gave us are welcome. Thus far, by and large, information has been anecdotal and I know that because when I was a city councillor I had to deal with a vast number of passport applications...

Seanad: Criminal Justice Act 1994: Motion (14 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire Stáit as ucht bheith i láthair leis an rún seo a chur os ár gcomhair. I thank the Minister of State for being here. We have had a very sincere and reflective series of contributions in the Seanad over the course of discussions around these matters. One common theme among the Members and across the Seanad is that we want to empower the...

Seanad: Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016: Second Stage (15 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire. Tá an ceart ag an gcainteoir deireanach go mbíonn an tAire Stáit istigh anseo linn go minic. The Minister of State is very dedicated in that he has come in to see us at this time on a Friday so I will give him due credit and regard for that. His speech is positive and welcoming in terms of some of the anomalies he addressed. There is a...

Seanad: Order of Business (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Go raibh míle maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle, nó a Chathaoirligh. Bhí mé sa Teach mícheart ansin - gabh mo leithscéal. I just want to expand on and ask the Leader about some of what my group leader, Senator Conway-Walsh, outlined in terms of the Taoiseach's remarks at the MacGill Summer School over the weekend. They are very welcome remarks. They are very...

Seanad: Order of Business (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Are there any in the Chamber?

Seanad: Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I commend the Minister of State and this Bill. I wish the legislation every success. We have had a positive and an informative series of contributions on this legislation. It is progress and a step forward and I hope that the provision will be utilised. This is a cross-cutting Bill. At its heart are the rights of a particular child to have time with and the benefit of having his or her...

Seanad: Legal Services Regulatory Authority: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: The Minister of State has put in a long slog in the House today so he will be glad to hear I will probably not use all of my speaking time. There was some concern in my party in regard to the delay in producing the text of this motion. This appointments process has been ongoing since January so I am not sure why this was the case. I just wanted to have that concern logged.Regardless of...

Seanad: Legal Services Regulatory Authority: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: "A" for effort.

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire Stáit as ucht a bheith anseo linn arís. I do not need to reiterate, because the Minister of State knows better than most, the scope of the crime and criminality we deal with in an increasingly globalised world. Anything that seeks to enhance, refine, professionalise and improve our policing services throughout the EU is to be welcomed. From our...

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: And new Senators.

Seanad: Order of Business (20 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Are they not doing that already?

Seanad: Order of Business (20 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Deirtear sa Ghaeilge "Tús maith leath na hoibre". Sílim go raibh tús maith againn ar maidin leis an giota craice a bhí againn ní ba luaithe. It is always more craic when Senator Norris is in the Chamber. I am sorry to see him go, but I hope he does not mind that I will consult my notes from time to time during my contribution. Will the Leader invite the Minister...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Constitutional Convention Recommendations (21 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Minister of State for attending. I am delighted we are getting the opportunity to discuss this very important issue on the last sitting day before we rise for the summer recess. This is an issue that is very close to many people's hearts, particularly those of us who are Irish citizens but do not have a vote in presidential elections at this point in time. The Constitutional...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Constitutional Convention Recommendations (21 Jul 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I appreciate the work the Minister of State has committed to do on this issue. The work is necessary and I appreciate that it is not a simple matter. However, it needs to be done. There is a huge onus on us. I appreciate that the diaspora are in a unique set of circumstances and I do not mean to be dismissive of that, but it would be relatively easy for me to go to St. Matthew's primary...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I am new to this committee and newly engaging with Ms Justice Ring's good office. In my previous role as a Belfast city councillor, fortunately or unfortunately, I had quite a number of interactions with the Police Ombudsman in the North. Ms Justice Ring will probably appreciate why this engagement has been so informative and why I am somewhat astonished at the lack of legislative teeth, as...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: The Ombudsman can investigate officers who have subsequently retired. That recommendation is an important one that would bolster the remit of Ms Justice Ring's office. That issue is key in terms of us looking at how we may discuss and make recommendations that would be of advantage to her. On the issue of the time-bound nature of complaints, could someone with a complaint from 2011 bring...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Implications for Good Friday Agreement of UK EU Referendum Result: Discussion (27 Sep 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Minister. It has been a comprehensive discussion so far, I say respectfully, because, through no fault of his own, the Minister has told us a whole lot without really telling us anything. I suppose that is the nature of the climate we are operating in post Brexit. When the British Government does not know what it is doing, I do not expect the Minister to be able to come in here...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Regional Airports (28 Sep 2016)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I did not want to be seen to reprimand Senator Mac Lochlainn.Last week, Senator Mac Lochlainn and I, along with other elected representatives from our party, met the board of City of Derry Airport. Senator Mac Lochlainn has outlined the key strategic benefit it brings to the broader north-west region, not least in terms of its immediate link to the Wild Atlantic Way and everything that this...

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