Seanad debates

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


10:30 am

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

John Hume made a huge difference. He was truly a peacemaker. We should recognise the legacy that he has left our country regarding the work that he did. It was a privilege for me to meet Pat Hume and her family, and many other people. Between 200 and 300 people watched the film in Westminster last night, which shows the respect that people have for his efforts.

On 12 March we are holding an event called Champ, which has generated peace, harmony and affection among politicians from Northern Ireland in Westminster. The event is called Champ because this is a dish made with potatoes and scallions that everyone from Northern Ireland is familiar with. We have expanded the group to include politicians from Leinster House. The event will take place on 12 March in Westminster. Many politicians from all sides have been invited and they are very welcome to attend. A significant vote will take place on the same day as Prime Minister May will try to get her Brexit deal through; it will be an interesting day. With what is happening in Westminster, Europe and, indeed, here, I hope that we can have some deal in the coming weeks and months.


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