O'Donovan, Denis, O'Donovan, Denis

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

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Northern Ireland Issues: Statements (Resumed).

I support previous speakers and the call for a united motion by both Houses of the Oireachtas to advance the cause of this tragic situation. I grew up in an era when hostilities in the North began...More Button

Arising from the need of these people to fight for their rights, civil war evolved in the North over the past three decades. When the Good Friday Agreement was passed and we held our referendum th...More Button

There were some appalling atrocities during the Troubles, including the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, the bombing in Belturbet, the Miami Showband crisis and the alleged collusion. There are still...More Button

When I was a Member of the Dáil, I was not, unfortunately, a member of the sub-committee dealing with the Barron report. If we consider the whole situation in the North, we see the sad situ...More Button

In order to bring some closure to the war and these atrocities, it is important that we, the Government, Dáil, Seanad, Northern Ireland Assembly and Westminster, continue to strive in a demo...More Button

Both sides suffered appalling consequences of the violence, with over 3,000 people murdered and thousands injured or maimed. We should learn from our past. It is a concern that despite all the in...More Button

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I laud the efforts of the group, Justice for the Forgotten. It strived for many years, initially in vain but with some success more recently, to highlight the plight of many, for example, the atro...More Button

For the first time in more than 50 years there is good will, both north and south of the Border and in Westminster, towards resolving outstanding issues, ensuring the peace strategy is strengthened...More Button

One could ask if there will ever be total closure. Will the total truth ever be found? If one looks, for example, at the appalling Whiddy Island disaster in Bantry Bay, which has nothing to do wi...More Button

I fully support my colleagues who have expressed the unanimous view of this House that we should move forward and try to bring resolution and closure. That is my heartfelt wish too.More Button

Forestry Issues: Statements.

“Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan adhmaid? Tá deireadh na gcoillte ar lár.” This is true in contemporary Ireland. Our philosophy in the 1930s was one more cow, one more sow and ...More Button

In Ireland we have a sad record on the plantation of forestry compared to Europe as a whole. I am delighted with the Government’s initiatives to support afforestation. As a farmer’s s...More Button

I do not wish to rehash the points already made. For someone who was involved in setting up the Sheep’s Head way, a renowned walkway on the peninsula, it is wonderful that €4 million ha...More Button

I support developing forests, as well as the point made by Senator de Búrca on greater balance. We had a tendency to plant conifers rather than our native deciduous trees 20 or 30 years ago...More Button

Only 20% of the dairy farmers who farmed when I was a child are left today in places like west Cork. Dairy farming has become more intense and the farmer with 15 cows is no longer at the races. S...More Button

Afforestation has a significant role to play in this. I am pleased to see the Minister of State take a proactive approach to encourage afforestation in a sensible manner. We do not wish to destro...More Button

In the next 20 years I wish to see greater intensity of afforestation. With the concept of setaside, there are arguments that with much of world grain being used for biofuels we may have to row ba...More Button

What I like about the proposals is that, under FEPS, a small farmer with some mountain and some lowland can grow up to eight hectares and receive grant aid assistance. Under the FEPS premium, it i...More Button

Economic Outlook: Motion.

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