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Seanad: Civil Legal Aid (Exclusion of Value of Free or Partly Free Board) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (31 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit don Bhille anocht. Gabhaim buíochas leis an Seanadóir Boylan, ní hamháin as an Bhille agus as an ábhar seo a chur le chéile ach as é a chur os ár gcomhair don díospóireacht fosta. I wish to address the wider legal aid issues beyond the pertinent issue my colleague, Senator Boylan, has raised here....

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Committee Stage (28 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Do not worry about that. Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCathaoirleach Gníomhach as an seal labhairt go han-tapa faoi leasú Uimh. 10 atá os ár gcomhair. I only want to indicate my thanks to colleagues who have expressed support for amendment No. 10 in the name of my colleague, Senator Warfield. I need not rehearse all the fine arguments that have been made on the...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Committee Stage (28 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Yes. I do so respectful of what the Minister of State and other colleagues have said. We all have a job of work to do in this House. I do not think I am speaking out of turn when I say that there is a general consensus that the wording, as presented in the Bill, could be improved. Amendment No. 10 may not be perfect but it is an improvement as it contains the word "sustainable", which...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: At this very moment, once again crowds of young people who are representing An Dream Dearg, which is the campaign group for an Irish language Act, are gathered safely and in a socially-distanced fashion outside of Stormont. The group is predominantly made up of young people. It is not all young people who are involved in the campaign but the vast bulk of them certainly are. Albeit in a much...

Seanad: Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Cuirim fáilte ar ais roimh an Aire. I want to speak to my amendments in the group, Nos. 2 and 4. I have spoken at length about the rationale for them. The Opposition groups in the Seanad are seeking to do similar things but in a different way and with different intended outcomes. The discussion we had yesterday was respectful, by and large. From right across the Chamber and, indeed,...

Seanad: Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Minister and absolutely accept that he does not set the Seanad's Order of Business. That is certainly not the point I was trying to make but, nevertheless, I still believe my point is valid in the broader context. The Minister spoke about the crux of the issue being extension. I accept that with regard to what he is trying to do but, for us, the extension is too great. By...

Seanad: Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I move amendment No. 2: In page 5, line 9, to delete “November” and substitute “July”.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I echo the words of Senator O’Donovan and thank him for his remarks. Having experience of epilepsy in my family, it is important that we talk about it, share information and make sure people have such information. I say fair play to Senator O’Donovan agus gabhaim buíochas leis. I note a significant lifting of restrictions across the Six Countries this morning and wish...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I am stuck here.

Seanad: Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. Since we last had this debate, an extreme wave of Covid-19 in January caught people by surprise. Thanks to the sacrifices made by the public and the valiant efforts of our front-line healthcare workers, we have brought this virus under control. The vaccine roll-out is, after a rocky start, as people have said, under way. The cases, though not as low as we...

Seanad: Organisation of Working Time (Reproductive Health Related Leave) Bill 2021: Second Stage (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: The purpose of the Bill is manifold. It is to ensure leave of 20 working days for those who have experienced a miscarriage and leave of ten working days for people in respect of assisted human reproduction such as IVF. It is also designed to create awareness and discussion about the impact of miscarriage in a compassionate and considerate way and to put a belated focus on miscarriage and...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Citizens' Rights in Northern Ireland Post Brexit: Discussion (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: My apologies to Mr. Holder for being delayed in arriving. He will see on the screen over the shoulder of Senator Wall that the Minister for Health is in the Seanad Chamber addressing emergency Covid legislation. That is where I was for the first part of the meeting. The main thing for me is getting the Committee on the Administration of Justice to take part in this meeting and into the...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Citizens' Rights in Northern Ireland Post Brexit: Discussion (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: May I come in quickly?

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Citizens' Rights in Northern Ireland Post Brexit: Discussion (24 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: It is a quick point. I will be understanding to the guests. It will probably take a bit more time but I want to flag it as I believe it is important. I will touch on the status of the all-island charter of rights. Obviously, in many ways, it is an unfulfilled aspect of the Good Friday Agreement. How should we approach that issue in the context of two different sets of rights, inside and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (18 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: From one Seanad to another, I note and welcome the resolution passed in the US Senate last night reaffirming its unwavering support for the Good Friday Agreement and its full implementation.A similar motion was before the Seanad last week in which we reiterated and reaffirmed our collective support. We called for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Following the passing of...

Seanad: Criminal Procedure Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (18 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Tuigim an méid atá ráite agat, a Leas-Chathaoirligh. I will take your advice in regard to the tightness of today's debate. Senator Ward has broadly outlined my read of this amendment. I spoke to it at an earlier stage regarding the experience of concerns in the North about some of these pre-trial hearings and, in some instances, how they could potentially be used to test...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Shared Island Unit: Department of the Taoiseach (Resumed) (18 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Ms O'Donoghue referred to the programme for Government commitments. Does the shared island unit see its role as specifically pertaining to the shared island aspects or the cross-cutting programme for Government commitments? I have raised the point previously, but one of the obvious issues for me is the need for dialogue and preparatory work around the issue of proposed voting rights for...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Shared Island Unit: Department of the Taoiseach (Resumed) (18 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I understand that Ms O'Donoghue will not be taking on the mechanics of running the referendum. I appreciate that is a different Department, but it is an important theme. One of the big issues with the shared island initiative is that it also has responsibility under Article 2 of the Constitution to ensure that everyone born on the island has the right to be part of the Irish nation. That...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I also welcome the amendment to today's Order of Business to include statements on the situation in Palestine. Like Senator McDowell, I want to refer to the weekend's cyberattack which was a very serious development. Systems are under attack all of the time but this was a successful attack, at least in terms of breaking through. It is possibly the most significant cyberattack on the Irish...

Seanad: Situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel: Statements (17 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Minister for coming to the House for this important and necessary debate. I begin by expressing my sympathies and those of my party and our solidarity with all those who have lost their lives, particularly in the days and weeks of this latest series of incidents. None of us has the time to do justice to the context that is required in a debate such as this. In the limited time...

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