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Minister Fitzgerald’s attempt to push Sexual Offences Bill through the Seanad in one afternoon is shameful

On Wednesday the 15th of February at the old League of Nations building in Geneva, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will be addressed by an Irish Government delegation which it is planned, at the time of writing, will be headed by Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Trump’s jump into the US political pool causing potential tsunamis in Europe

It is a funny old world – politics. A few weeks ago, Francois Fillon appeared to be on course to win the French presidency. But an Exocet has hit his campaign in the form of a scandal about his placing of his wife on the public payroll as a political advisor when in fact she [...]

February 6th, 2017|

Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 – Second Stage debate 24th January 2017

I welcome the Minister to the House and acknowledge her sterling role in preserving it as part of the Democracy Matters campaign before she became a Minister. I thank her for being one of the leaders of the small group of people who stood up for the Seanad at the time. I was struck at [...]

January 30th, 2017|

The importance of calling out Trump for what he is

Am I alone in detecting a whiff of raw evil in the Trump administration’s utterances this week? I spoke in the Seanad on Thursday about the evil plans of this man, the POTUS, to reintroduce torture, including waterboarding, for detainees suspected of having information useful to the US in its war on terrorism. Lest we [...]

January 30th, 2017|

Ireland cannot play an observer role in Brexit matters

Last week, Theresa May has set out her government’s wish-list for its Brexit deal with the EU. Her Lancaster House speech was aspirational rather than specific. The bottom line is that she envisages a post-Brexit relationship in which the UK is no longer part of the EU or of the EU’s single market but is [...]

January 24th, 2017|

Trump is damaged goods and no ally of Irish interests

Let me show a little of my politics on my sleeve. The night that Barack Obama was elected eight years ago, I watched American media through the night. When it became obvious that Obama was a sure thing in the early hours, I was watching alone when, to my utter surprise I started crying – [...]

January 16th, 2017|

“Freedom of expression” is one thing; “freedom of anonymous publication” is another thing entirely

There is a current obsession in the Irish media with securing instant online reaction from readers and audiences. I am by no means convinced that online comment by readers of online newspapers adds anything at all to the quality of the journalism or to the enjoyment of the reader. Nor does it add revenue. But [...]

January 9th, 2017|

The time has come to speak a little “Truth to Power” – to Samantha Power

“Is there nothing you will not lie about? Do you have no shame?” With these moving words passionately spoken, the US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power rounded on her Russian counterpart at the Security Council this week. Her outrage was genuine and compelling. Her words were flashed across the western world. As I watched [...]

December 19th, 2016|

Independent Senators secure Taoiseach’s support for BREXIT Seanad Inquiry

Press Release – December 15th 2016 Seanad to be turned into BREXIT Chamber of Inquiry -Independent Senators secure Taoiseach’s support for BREXIT Seanad Inquiry- Speaking at the announcement of an all-party Seanad inquiry on BREXIT, to take place in the New Year, Group Leader Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell welcomed the Taoiseach’s support for their proposal. “As [...]

December 15th, 2016|

Gerry Adams’ post-factual parallel universe

The phrase “living in a parallel universe” is often used to describe the mind-set of people who inhabit a different moral space from most people and have created their own moral and factual order. This week it has been used about Gerry Adams as he wriggles and twists in an attempt to reconcile his membership [...]

December 13th, 2016|