Archive for the category: ‘Senate Speeches’

22. 2. 2017

My speech to the Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, on his statements regarding the Action Plan for Education 2017

For our education system to be truly equal fair and inclusive  – every child must have the opportunity to fulfil their  potential, regardless of circumstances. Moreover, we must strive to […]

16. 2. 2017

My Speech on the subject of Statements of Clarification on Statements made by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Let me start by saying that the top priority in this matter is achieving justice for the McCabe family. I have not encountered one person- since the story broke- who […]

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 […]

26. 1. 2017

My speech on the Adoption Amendment Bill 2016

This Bill is one which I broadly welcome – I believe it to be open and forward-thinking whilst ensuring a robust legislative basis for adoption. However, I do have some […]

15. 12. 2016

My Speech on the Registration of Wills Bill 2016

The Registration of Wills Bill was considered in detail in 2006 by the Department of Health and Children (the then home of the GRO) and DJE. The then Minister of […]

8. 12. 2016

OECD study whilst encouraging reveals a gap in gender performance levels in science and math

A new OECD study published this week has shown that Irish 15-year-olds are significantly above average when it comes to their performance in science, maths and reading. In the latest Programme […]

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