Cummins, Maurice

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

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Northern Ireland Issues: Statements.

This debate is long overdue. The sub-committee on the Barron report had wished for an early debate after the presentation of its findings. I am glad we now have the opportunity to debate the repo...More Button

I am disappointed that, like in the other House, the leaders have not agreed on an all-party motion to deal specifically with the items contained in the Barron report. As it had not happened in th...More Button

The Barron report dealt with the Dublin bombings of 1972 and 1973, the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974, the murder of Seamus Ludlow in 1976 and the bombing of Kay’s Tavern in Dundalk. I...More Button

It was a humbling and moving experience to hear the testimony of decent, honest people whose relatives were murdered in the most horrific and violent circumstances. Yet, after more than 30 years, ...More Button

There is no doubt there was collusion between the British security forces and loyalist terrorists mainly based in the Glenane area in County Armagh. The then British Government at the highest leve...More Button

It is necessary to put on the record some of the conclusions of the sub-committee. They state:More Button

Nothing could be clearer.More Button

I welcome the establishment of the Historical Inquiries Team to investigate many of these atrocities but without the full co-operation of its political masters, I am not convinced it can bring clos...More Button

The Barron report deals specifically with events which highlighted many vicious attacks on the Catholic community along the Border. However, we must also remember the equally vicious attacks on me...More Button

More recently there have been the savage murders by members of the IRA of Robert McCartney, Paul Quinn and Joseph Rafferty. We continue to witness the mafia-style omerta in operation in som...More Button

We have also seen the re-emergence of the Real and the Continuity IRA which pose a threat to the people and institutions of this State and this island and aim to undermine the position of Sinn F&ea...More Button

It would be remiss of me if I did not pay tribute to the groups and organisations, especially Justice for the Forgotten. Their members have displayed personal commitment and dedication in their ef...More Button

I hope the Taoiseach will instruct his officials to renew contact with officials on the British side and influence the British Prime Minister to release files that may bring justice and closure for...More Button

Northern Ireland Issues: Statements (Resumed).

On a point of order, the Minister of State owes Senator Keaveney the respect of listening to her. He has been texting on his mobile telephone for the past 20 minutes and it is not fair to speakers...More Button

I do not believe it is in order for a Minister in the House to text on his or her mobile telephone.More Button

It is not in order in Standing Orders for Members to use their telephones in the Chamber.More Button

Economic Outlook: Motion.

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