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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...

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

Niall Ó Donnghaile: On Friday Sinn Féin published a discussion paper entitled Economic Benefits of a United Ireland. The debate on unity has been turbocharged by Britain’s decision in 2016 to leave the European Union, a decision that has exposed the democratic deficit at the heart of the union. Despite the majority of the electorate in the North, including me, choosing to remain in the EU, we have...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Presidential Elections (24 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire Stáit as a bheith linn agus tá mé i gcónaí sásta an t-ábhar seo a phlé. We know that the bulk of parties in the State, as their stated party policy, support the extension of the franchise in presidential elections to citizens who are resident outside the State. In September 2013 the Constitutional Convention voted...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Presidential Elections (24 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: While I thank the Minister of State for the review of where this issue has come from and its journey to date, I am disappointed. I appreciate that he is relatively new in his post. This is something that he may wish to take some time to navigate through. I appreciate that we are in a serious period with the double threat to society of Brexit and Covid-19 looming large. This issue may not...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Cross-Border Further and Higher Education Sectors: Discussion (19 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I welcome our guests and want to make a couple of initial observations. First, I note the really positive and transformative nature of this proposal. Mr. Hannigan, Professor Ó Néill and those advocating and championing this are very firmly focused on the future, while understandably and rightfully acknowledging the very chequered history around the broader proposal of development...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Cross-Border Further and Higher Education Sectors: Discussion (19 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I appreciate it would be difficult to do this side of Christmas, but based on my contribution and based on the significance of today's presentation, would it be in order as a next step to follow up and to show the committee's support and commitment to this issue to invite the relevant Ministers, North and South, to discuss this issue and the issues brought up by Deputy Carroll MacNeill in the...

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community: Seirbhísí Dátheangacha agus Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla (Leasú), 2020: Foras na Gaeilge (18 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim buíochas as an gcur i láthair ó Fhoras na Gaeilge. Ní raibh mé in ann a bheith sa seomra mar gheall ar na srianta Covid-19. Bhí mé ag leanúint an chruinnithe ón oifig anseo ón teilifís. Mar atá ráite ag roinnt de na comhaltaí cheana féin, gabhaim mó chomhghairdeas agus mo bhuíochas leis an bhForas...

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community: Seirbhísí Dátheangacha agus Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla (Leasú), 2020: Foras na Gaeilge (18 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabh mo leithscéal. Tá brón orm briseadh isteach ach tá vóta ar siúl sa Seanad agus níl ach beirt Sheanadóir fágtha anseo. B’fhéidir go bhféadfadh Seán Ó Coinn scríobh againn leis na freagraí.

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community: Seirbhísí Dátheangacha agus Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla (Leasú), 2020: Foras na Gaeilge (18 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabh mo leithscéal arís.

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

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh, agus aontaím leis an méid atá ráite ag an Seanadóir Ardagh. I would like to second Senator Gavan's proposed amendment to the Order of Business if it has not been seconded.

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

Niall Ó Donnghaile: That is fair enough. A cheannaire gníomhach, ba mhaith liom tosú le hiarraidh uirthi am a chur ar leataobh fa choinne díospóireacht leis an Aire Stáit, Teachta Jack Chambers, maidir le cúrsaí Gaeilge ag an am práinneach seo ina bhfuilimid. Sílim go bhfuil sé thar a bheith tábhachtach nuair a bhímid ag plé faoi...

Seanad: Traveller Accommodation: Statements (17 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: That is gracious. It is all I will need. I welcome the Minister of State and thank Senator Flynn for ensuring that the House had the opportunity to have statements on such an important issue. It has been raised with the Minister previously. My colleague, Senator Warfield, was keen to have this matter discussed, but he has missed out on it. I was following the debate in my office. I wish...

Seanad: Criminal Justice (Hate Crime) Bill 2020: Second Stage (17 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh, and cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. Fáilte roimh an Bille agus plé ar an Bille seo anocht. Mólam ait siud a lag é. I welcome the Minister of State and acknowledge those who have tabled this legislation. What tonight shows is how effective it is when Members adhere to proper, timely parliamentary processes and give...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Shared Island Unit: Department of the Taoiseach (12 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: It is good to see Ms O'Donoghue and Mr. Duffy again. I wish to reinforce Deputy Conway-Walsh's remarks about formal engagement with the Oireachtas. The unit is within the Department of the Taoiseach. As those of us in the Seanad and on this committee do not always get the opportunity to engage directly with the Taoiseach, it is crucial that we keep up momentum from this very welcome...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Yesterday in the House, I encouraged Members to remember and to remain steadfast in encouraging support from the new US Administration for the Good Friday Agreement, for the peace process and for progress more generally here in Ireland against the impending reckless threat posed to us by Brexit. I was very encouraged to see reported in the media last night that President-elect Biden had a...

Seanad: Political Donations: Motion (11 Nov 2020)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Some of it might depends on what comes next. I had to shake myself there because for wee second I thought I was at a Traditional Unionist Voice party conference as opposed to in the Oireachtas listening to some of the previous contributions but there you go and here we are. This is without question the strangest use of Private Members' time I have witnessed since being elected to the Seanad...

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