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  • Former Independent Senator (Nominated by the Taoiseach)
  • Entered the Seanad on 27 May 2016 — appointed
  • Left the Seanad on 31 March 2020 — General election

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Seanad: Business of Seanad: Motion (21 Jan 2020)

“I echo what all the previous speakers said. I thank the Cathaoirleach for his dignified wisdom. This was my first time working in a situation like this and I was most impressed. I also thank Senator Paul Coghlan in his role as the Leas-Chathaoirleach. I pay special tribute to Martin Groves and Bridget Doody. They know that I would not be here today without them. I would have been...”

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Nov 2019)

“I acknowledge that it is Thanksgiving Day. I wish the people in Solace House in New York and all the clients that go to them a happy Thanksgiving Day. I wish to follow on from what the previous speaker said about the embarrassment of Fine Gael over the state of the emergency department in the children's hospital. It made me look back at Fine Gael's election manifestos in 2011 and 2016. I...”

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Nov 2019)

“I would love to see that level of debate about mental health services, not comments in the Chamber. It is a pity because I receive text messages on a daily basis, not just from parents whose children are trying to avail of mental health services in County Wexford but also from staff in HSE South. I will quote from a text message sent to me yesterday by a very distressed mother. She...”

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  • Has spoken in 11 committee discussions and Dáil debates in the last year — well below average among Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — average among Senators.
  • 30 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "public-private partnership") 42 times in debates — well below average among Senators.
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