Archive for the category: ‘Senate Speeches’

25. 5. 2017

My Speech on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017

There are numerous complex reasons why a gender pay gap exists, not only in Ireland but all over the world. Reasons include the fact that women are, in some cases, […]

18. 5. 2017

Genealogy Testing as a Tourism Initiative

I  came  across a very interesting community project in Kilkenny, which is connecting people abroad of Irish descent with their ancestral homelands by way of a simple DNA test. Last year 22 […]

18. 5. 2017

My Speech on the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes – Second Interim Report

The focus in this report is on children who were unaccompanied by their mothers in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes. As such, it is an issue that must […]

18. 5. 2017

My Speech on the Adoption and Tracing Bill,

First and foremost this Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill will give adopted persons, birth parents and relatives a legal right to an information and tracing service. In my view, this […]

18. 5. 2017

My Speech on Childhood Obesity

  As this House is well aware, I have long been a strong and vocal advocate for the urgent need to tackle the growing obesity epidemic – especially childhood obesity. […]

10. 5. 2017

My Speech on the Litter Pollution (Amendment) Bill 2017

The 2015 National Littering Monitoring System revealed that 62.8% of Ireland was slightly polluted. The reality that over 60% of our country is polluted to some level is not a […]

9. 5. 2017

My speech on the new report by the National Oversight and Audit Commission

I was struck by the new report released by the National Oversight and Audit Commission, released today which found that less than half i.e only 15 out of 31 local […]

3. 5. 2017

My Speech at the VotingRights.ie Press Conference

Emigration is a central part of Ireland’s history. Although it became particularly prominent during the Great Famine, emigration has continued throughout the decades in spite of Ireland’s evolution and development. […]

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