Archive for the category: ‘Featured’

23. 2. 2017

I am calling for the expedition of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill to enable Gardaí to protect children from online grooming

I have called for the immediate commencement of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, which was enacted yesterday, which will greatly help to protect children, particularly with the rise in […]

14. 2. 2017

A recently published study has revealed a significant gender gap in fitness levels among teenagers

Recently published results from the 2016 Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge revealed a significant gender gap between the fitness levels of teenagers. What researchers found to be of concern […]

9. 2. 2017

Tougher measures need to be taken against those convicted of selling illegal synthetic drugs

An assistant state pathologist has recently revealed that synthetic drugs have become strikingly common as the cause for sudden unexpected deaths throughout the country. Furthermore, one particular synthetic drug, U-4, […]

8. 2. 2017

My Speech on The Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017

Private Members Bill – Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017 The Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017 proposes to amend three existing Acts, the Derelict Sites Act 1990, the Urban […]

8. 2. 2017

My speech addressing Frances Fitzgerald on The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017

The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 is an important piece of new legislation which will give necessary financial security to those who require lifelong […]

8. 2. 2017

My speech addressing Minister Simon Coveney on the amendments to Councillor’s conditions

Statements on Amendments the Councillors Conditions (Minister Simon Coveney) For members of Seanad and Dail Eireann, there can sometimes be a tendency to underestimate the sheer dedication and immense workload […]

8. 2. 2017

Parents need additional support to protect their children from online dangers

Last month, I highlighted the issue of the Cyber Safe Ireland’s 2016 annual report which focused on minor’s cyber safety education in Ireland. 84% of teachers surveyed for that study […]

2. 2. 2017

The European Parliament has taken a considerable step towards ending EU data roaming charges

As previous European Spokesperson for the Seanad I was very interested to hear that the European Parliament has agreed a deal to cap the prices that telecoms operators pay for using […]

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