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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...

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

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Hear, hear.

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Impact of Brexit on Irish and UK Businesses: British Irish Chamber of Commerce (17 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the witnesses very much. I find myself increasingly engaging with Senator McDowell and it is always a cause of deep concern for me when I do that, but I must take issue with one point he made, which was lumping in my party with the DUP and the Tories on Brexit. He must not have heard my colleague, Conor Murphy, the Minister of Finance in the North, talk about maximising the outcomes...

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community: Tuarascáil Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga: An Garda Síochána (12 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Agus Béal Feirste.

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community: Tuarascáil Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga: An Garda Síochána (12 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Ar dtús báire, gabhaim mo leithscéal leis an gCoimisinéir agus leis an gCathaoirleach. Bhí orm seasamh amach ón gcruinniú ar feadh tamaill ansin. Má tá an cheist seo curtha ag comhghleacaí eile, is féidir leis an gCathaoirleach mise a stiúradh chuig an taifead. Ní miste liom amharc siar air sin. Cuirim fáilte roimh an...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Passport Services (11 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit arís. Bhí sé linn aréir don phlé ar an tairiscint Comhaltaí Príobháideacha. Tá sé go maith go bhfuil sé linn arís. I will preface my remarks by stressing the obvious. I understand we are in exceptional times with regard to international travel. While we are all positive about and...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Passport Services (11 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I thank the Minister of State for the update on the safe return of the passport service. I wish staff well and every success in getting back to work safely and clearing the backlog. He referenced the three offices. There are three offices in specific locations on this island, but there is a large geographical deficit and infrastructural void in terms of this important and much utilised...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Future of Ireland: Discussion (11 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Could I make a very brief comment? A bit like my other two Belfast colleagues I have to go to the same event. I extend the welcome to Reverend Karen and to Mr. Lunn and thank them for their contributions. I apologise for missing some of it as I was in the Chamber. I caught the tail end of Mr. Lunn's contribution. He will appreciate what it is like getting tied up in the Chamber and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Gabhaim céad míle buíochas leis an gCathaoirleach agus leis an gCeannaire fosta. It was a big weekend for Antrim Gaels and not just because the team beat Clare in the hurling. I say that for the benefit of Senator Conway. Nevertheless it was a big weekend because Saturday's edition of theIrish Newspublished an open letter to An Taoiseach and the Irish Government from 3,000...

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I move amendment No. 2: To delete the first paragraph after “That Seanad Éireann:” and substitute the following: “- reaffirms its commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including the legacy mechanisms of the Stormont House Agreement and requests the full implementation of all aspects of these international agreements;"

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I will digress slightly in my remarks because at the heart at this motion is the issue of dialogue. Let us have a dialogue because that is healthy, warranted and does no harm given the institution we are in. I listened very intently to Senator Blaney's remarks. I do not question for one second the beliefs that he holds very firm and dear, but I would never come into this institution and...

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Nevertheless, none of us derives our Irishness from the Good Friday Agreement. It runs much deeper than that. It is as natural to us as the flow of the Liffey, the Lagan or the Lee. It enshrined for us citizenship rights which I welcome the reference to in the motion. In conclusion, I challenge the Minister of State and Government colleagues across the House. The Good Friday Agreement is...

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Will the Senator take a point?

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: The wait-and-see attitude towards Brexit is held from a position of immense privilege. There are many of us in the North who do not want to wait and see the negatives of Brexit, which we voted against.

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: I am saying-----

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Can I raise a point of order on a matter? I may be stretching my luck.

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: As I listened to the last number of remarks it just struck me-----

Seanad: Good Friday Agreement: Motion (10 May 2021)

Niall Ó Donnghaile: Perhaps we should have elected a unionist to the Seanad.

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