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Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Business of Special Committee (16 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: That will do.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (15 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Mar dhuine as Contae an Dúin, ba mhaith liom comhghairdeas a dhéanamh le hiománaithe Chontae Aontroma as an bhua s'acu ar an Domhnach. I wish to begin by congratulating and commending the County Antrim senior hurlers for their Joe McDonagh Cup win at Croke Park on Sunday. There is a real burgeoning resurgence in hurling in the county and while it is not confined to Belfast...

Seanad: Commencement of Irish Sign Language Act 2017: Statements (15 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Nelson Mandela said: If you talk to a man in a language he understands that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language that goes to his heart. That is a very important sentiment as we reflect on the passage of the legislation. I led the Sinn Féin team on the Act in the last Oireachtas, and colleagues have rightfully acknowledged the Cathaoirleach's leading role in that...

Seanad: Central Mental Hospital (Relocation) Bill 2020: Second Stage (14 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I begin by welcoming the Minister of State. Senator Bacik made an important point. Having a facility like this is important. I know that concerns have been raised with the Minister this morning and previously in the Dáil. Inasmuch as having a facility and resource is welcome and a step forward, we must be careful that we do not think for one second that it absolves the Prison Service...

Seanad: Deportation Moratorium (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Second Stage (9 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I welcome the Minister and congratulate her on her recent personal news. I am sure the Minister will concede that it is very unusual for us to debate an amendment to legislation, especially such a significant and substantial amendment, on Second Stage. I do not question the Minister's personal bona fides on this issue for one second. However, like other colleagues I think that engaging...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Today is a positive, welcome and good day for us. The vaccine has arrived and roll-out has begun in Ireland. When one thinks of where we were three or six months ago and considers what people have endured and suffered over the course of the pandemic, even the fact that we are able to say that is really uplifting. We did say that we should never lose hope and this morning, in the Royal...

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020: Report and Final Stages (8 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I will not prolong the discussion any longer than is necessary. I agree with a lot of what Senators Bacik and Wall have said on the Government amendment. As the Minister of State will know, the overarching themes and issues involved were debated on Committee Stage. We had our own amendment which, unfortunately, did not make the cut in the end...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: The Northern Ireland Economy: Discussion (8 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: That is handy. I thank my fellow "Nordies" for their assistance. I will also be brief and will just make a couple of points and observations. The primary point is to welcome this discussion at the committee because it gives it the authority and wherewithal that it needs. That is warranted because of the live and numerous discussions that are taking place on this issue all around us and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: The Northern Ireland Economy: Discussion (8 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Perfect. I appreciate that.

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee Stage (3 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I will be brief because I know that the Minister will want to come in and deal with many of the points that have been raised. I am somewhat torn over these sections because I have a great deal of sympathy and solidarity for what Senator Higgins has outlined but I am also very conscious of the live implications of Brexit and the necessity to get this legislation through. I wish we were...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (2 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Two years ago, the collaborative forum recommended that health and well-being supports be put in place for survivors of institutional abuse and their families. The Government finally committed to rolling out these supports from the beginning of this year. However, no supports were delivered. Only after the recent records debacle did it announce survivors can avail of counselling through...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Engagement on Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (2 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Minister. The update today has been comprehensive and helpful. It gives the committee the benefit of being able to have this kind of conversation. I have two brief questions. RTÉ today reported that many thousands of businesses across the island have indicated they are unprepared for post-Brexit trading realities. What is the likelihood of a grace period post 1 January...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Engagement on Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (2 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I agree with the Minister that it is important for people to hear that message.

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Engagement on Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (2 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Will the Minister witness my application for me?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (1 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Cheannaire as ucht an Oird Gnó a leagan os ár comhair. As the Leader knows, last week the Taoiseach met Pat Finucane's wife Geraldine and their son John and unequivocally supported the family's demand for a public inquiry into the murder of Pat. In this Chamber, the Minister for Foreign Affairs endorsed that Government support and the Seanad...

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020: Second Stage (1 Dec 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Tá fáilte roimh an Aire don phlé seo. Mar atá ráite cheana, tá an Bille seo thar a bheith tábhachtach. I thank the Minister for outlining the key aspects of the Bill for us. Like other colleagues have said, Sinn Féin has also rightly committed to working with a cross-party approach on this Bill. It is vitally important to ensure that Irish interests...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Establishment of an Independent Public Inquiry into the Murder of Pat Finucane: Motion (26 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I move: That this committee calls for the immediate establishment of a full, independent public judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, as recommended by Judge Cory, which would enjoy the full co-operation of the Finucane family and command the respect and confidence of all the people on the island of Ireland, and all persons committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Establishment of an Independent Public Inquiry into the Murder of Pat Finucane: Motion (26 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Chairman and the clerk for their support in ensuring that this motion could be heard this morning. I thank colleagues from across the groups for their unanimous support for the motion. The same sentiment was reflected in the Seanad last night. It has been the position of these Houses and successive Irish governments for many decades. I know that support means a great deal to...

Seanad: Inquiry into the Murder of Mr. Patrick Finucane: Motion (25 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I move: That Seanad Éireann: - recalls the brutal murder of solicitor, Patrick Finucane, at his home in Belfast on 12th February, 1989; - notes the evidence of collusion between loyalist paramilitaries, the British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the murder of Mr. Finucane; - recalls the commitments made at the Weston Park talks in July, 2001, by the British Government to...

Seanad: Inquiry into the Murder of Mr. Patrick Finucane: Motion (25 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I concur with many Members' remarks on the unanimous agreement in this House. Such unanimity always makes for a much more pleasant evening for me. Given the experience of recent weeks, I thank colleagues for that. Returning to the more serious element of tonight’s motion and the purpose of it, I begin by recognising and noting the significance and importance of the remarks made by...

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