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McDonald Calls for Legacy Summit in Letter to Irish and British Governments

Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald has written to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calling for an urgent summit on legacy issues. The Sinn Féin leader has also called on the British government to stop the passage of its flawed legacy bill. Mary Lou McDonald said: “There are widespread concerns and […]

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Ó Donnghaile Welcomes Support for Removing Unfair Block on Northern Athletes Representing Ireland

Sinn Féin Leader in the Seanad, Seanadoir Niall Ó Donnghaile, has welcomed comments by the Minister for Sport in favour of removing an unfair rule which blocks athletes in the north representing Ireland at some athletics fixtures. The World Athletics’ political boundary rule dating back to 1934 blocks athletes in Ireland from representing Ireland the […]

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Irish Government Must Begin Plan for Irish Unity – Finnegan

Sinn Féin councillor Aoife Finnegan has said that it is incumbent on the Irish Government to set up a nationally representative Citizens’ Assembly to plan and prepare for Irish unity. Councillor Finnegan said; “Tonight the Sinn Féin group on Newry Mourne and Down Council brought a motion forward calling on the Dublin Government to establish […]

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Dáil Éireann Government International Politics Seanad Éireann

“Government Must Protect Irish Neutrality.” – Aontú

Aontú Representative Gerard Herdman has called for a referendum on Irish neutrality. “Too many generations of Irish men and women have bled out on foreign soil in the service of foreign Kings and foreign countries. They were used as nothing more than convenient cannon fodder. Hard lessons have forged a determined neutrality into the Irish […]

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Campaigns Community Cost of Living Government Louth Politics Seanad Éireann

Extend Parents Leave to Help Offset Cost of Living Increases – Senator Lisa Chambers

Senator Lisa Chambers has said an extension of Parents Leave would give parents more valuable time with their children while also offsetting the rise in the cost of living in terms of childcare.  The Fianna Fáil Senator said, “An extension of Parents Leave in Budget 2023 could be a valuable asset to help offset the […]

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Cost of Living and Energy Costs the Focus of Fianna Fáil Think-In

Over the next two days, the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party will gather in Mullingar ahead of the Dáil’s return, to focus on the parties’ priorities for Budget 2023. Speaking at the think-in, Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth said, “My colleagues and I in Fianna Fáil are acutely aware of the effect the energy […]

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Recommendations of the Commission on the Defence Forces Report Must be Implemented!

Kildare South Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for the recommendations of the Commission on the Defence Forces report to be implemented without further delay.  Speaking in the Seanad, the Fianna Fáil Senator said:  “The action plan on the implementation of the Commission on Defence Force’s recommendations was due to be brought before the Cabinet at […]

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All Garda Cars to be fitted with AEDs – Gallagher  

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has received commitment that all Garda cars are to be fitted with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The Senator had previously called for AEDs to be installed in Garda vehicles and for all members to receive training in CPR and the use of defibrillators.    Senator Gallagher commented, “Members of the […]

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Fianna Fail Welcome St.Brigid’s Public Holiday 

Local Fianna Fáil Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the announcement that St Brigid’s day will be marked with a new public holiday from 2023 after years of active campaigning on the issue. The closest Monday to the 1st of February will be a public holiday.  Senator O’Loughlin said, “As a Kildare person I am delighted […]

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Fianna Fáil Senators Call For Harsher Sentences For Those Who Damage Public Defibrillators

Fianna Fáil Senators Robbie Gallagher and Diarmuid Wilson have brought forward legislation, Life Saving Equipment Bill, that proposes up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a €50,000 fine for anyone convicted of the theft of, or damage to, a defibrillator or life buoy. Senator Gallagher commented, “Over the last number of weeks, there have been attacks […]