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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Sep 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: This has gone beyond the realm of being disrespectful to Members of this House to bordering on being undemocratic in terms of what is being done. It should give everyone in this House cause for concern. If this is to become the precedent, then it is deeply worrying. I am confident in saying that those of us on this side of the House would be highly reluctant to participate in business that...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Sep 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: We thought, up until I got a telephone call to say that the schedule had suddenly been changed, that we were being afforded the opportunity to speak on that.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Sep 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I understand that too. The point I am making is that people should not try to blame us for the change in the scheduling.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Sep 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: To do what? Was it to have a full and proper scheduled sitting?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Yesterday I raised the very serious situation in the Skellig Star direct provision centre in Cahersiveen. I asked that the House would hear statements from a Minister on the very stark humanitarian crisis that residents in the centre are facing and an update on the Government's plans to bring the system of direct provision to an end. It was the responsible thing to do to suggest we provide...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I listened intently to the Deputy Leader and I do not doubt her efforts. However, given the strong feelings and the consensus in the House and the fact that the Minister will not be available tomorrow given that the North-South Ministerial Council is meeting, it is important that a clear message is sent from this House. I will press the amendment.

Seanad: Skellig Star Direct Provision Centre and the Future of Direct Provision: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I am sharing time with Senator Boylan. I will take four minutes and she will take two. I will begin by expressing solidarity with the residents of the Skellig Star centre. They are the primary reason we are all here today. I welcome the Minister and thank her joining us. I note the welcome Government Senators have extended to her despite those Senators voting against the motion to invite...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (29 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I also want to raise the dire and serious situation in the Skellig Star direct provision centre. Direct provision is a stain on society. It is a great shame that this system prevails. The Government has made a commitment in its programme for Government to end that system. I fully endorse that. I want to see action on that and we need to see it now, not least for the people who are...

Seanad: Tourism: Statements (28 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCathaoirleach. Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire agus gabhaim buíochas léi as an ráiteas cuimsitheach atá leagtha amach aici dúinn inniu. Tá mé fíordhíograiseach ó thaobh cúrsaí turasóireachta de, go háirithe nuair a chuireann siad lenár bpobal agus lenár n-eacnamaíocht. The...

Seanad: Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Second Stage (28 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. Tá mé buíoch go bhfuil deis agam labhairt sa Teach agus an reachtaíocht thábhachtach seo á plé againn. The Minister is very welcome to the Seanad I welcome the opportunity to discuss this important legislation. As others have done, Sinn Féin will support the legislation, although we have an amendment that I will...

Seanad: Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I move amendment No. 1: In page 6, line 2, after “provisions” to insert the following: “and continue in operation until the 9th day of November 2020, unless a resolution approving of its continuation has been passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas”. I referred to this amendment in my Second Stage contribution. I will begin by saying that the composition of...

Seanad: Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: With such an inspiring rallying call, how could I not? I thank Senator Boyhan. I listened to Senator Ward. My experience on justice matters in the Seanad is that they have been conversational. Members have engaged with and listened to one another and spoken out on matters about which we feel strongly. I would probably concede the Senator's point more broadly if the Bill presented to us...

Seanad: Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: In many ways we have a consensus here but I reiterate for the record that the amendment will not delay any of those demands. I fully accept that many of the demands are necessary and come from within the sector. It is about freeing up backlogs and helping people who work within our courts system. I have no issue with that and I do not disagree with the Minister in that regard. If the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Aontaím leis an méid atá ráite ag an Seanadóir Sherlock. I agree with pretty much everything Senator Sherlock said when expressing her concerns about some of the specifics announced, or rather not announced, in the July stimulus package. I am concerned about the way we are doing and are expected to do our business in this House over the next while. While none of us...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Last year over 900,000 passport applications were made to the Irish Passport Office. Over 94,000 of them came from the North and Britain. In one day in 2018 the office received over 10,000 applications. I acknowledge that currently restrictions are being placed on people and we know about the advice regarding international travel, albeit it is confused and calamitous at times. However, as...

Seanad: Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (23 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Tá fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I will be sharing time with Senator McCallion. Mar a dúirt mo chomghleacaithe, guím gach rath ar an Aire Stáit ina théarma nua. Sinn Féin will be opposing this legislation, although we do not run contrary to any of the valiant views outlined by speakers thus far. All of what has been articulated up to this point by...

Seanad: Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I am not afraid to say mea culpawhen it is required. I was not clear enough in my Second Stage contribution. I probably jumped ahead of myself to this Stage. We oppose the amendments, as I made clear. Our opposition to the legislation is based on those amendments being taken as part of this Bill. Although I posed a series of questions regarding the Department and its functions, I hope...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I welcome yesterday's announcement by the Taoiseach that the North-South Ministerial Council will meet at the end of this month. That is a positive and necessary step forward, and I wish all concerned well in their work. I also welcome the apology issued this week by the Chief Constable of the PSNI to investigative journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey. Some colleagues might...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I want to express my solidarity and support, given the very bad news announced this morning in regard to Eason’s in the North. Eason’s is reviewing its stores throughout the Six Counties, where it employs 144 staff members. Within the context of Covid as outlined by Senator Chambers for other sectors, it is a very stark reminder of the real threat posed to our economy by the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Jul 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Ba mhaith liom ár gcomhionannas agus ionadaíocht a ardú ar an Ord Gnó inniu. Technically this Chamber is the Seanad but I appreciate and recognise the important symbolic significance of us being here. In particular, I am very conscious of the significance, personally and politically, for myself as a Belfast man and Senator Elisha McCallion as a proud Derry woman to be...

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