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McDonald, Mary Lou

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I wonder should I click my heels and say: "There's no place like home."More Button

The process undertaken by the Policing Authority is now complete and Mr. Drew Harris is to be appointed as the new Commissioner of An Garda Síochána. It is significant that somebody from the North...More Button

I acknowledge that Mr. Harris comes to this job with his own story of loss and pain from the conflict in the North. That cannot be minimised in any way; Mr. Harris lost his father. What also cann...More Button

The issue of Mr. Harris's evidence at the Smithwick tribunal being described as "nonsense" by a former Garda Commissioner has also arisen. The question of any intelligence to which Mr. Harris ha...More Button

Did the Taoiseach hear Stephen Travers on the radio this morning? Has he read the statement from Relatives for Justice? I believe it is appropriate for the Taoiseach to acknowledge and respond ...More Button

How does the Taoiseach respond to Stephen Travers? What assurances can he give that the new Garda Commissioner will play the part demanded of that office in exposing collusion, uncovering truth ...More Button

I am sure the Taoiseach will agree that in order to bring about that radical transformation of policing, the new Garda Commissioner must have public confidence and that is what I am asking the Taoi...More Button

I want to know what he has to say to Stephen Travers and to the other families.More Button

I want to hear that from the Taoiseach, as Head of Government. It would also be appropriate for Mr. Harris to make a statement addressing those issues of confidence - those real and deep-seated co...More Button

-----has to work. This has to succeed. For it to succeed, the incoming Commissioner must enjoy public confidence.More Button

The Garda Commissioner.More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

Although we are in the middle of the summer, the perpetual trolley crisis continues. Dr. Emily O'Connor, the spokesperson for accident and emergency consultants, is quoted this morning as saying t...More Button

State Visits

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the preparations for the visit of Pope Francis in August 2018.More Button

It is regrettable that the Pope will not visit the North during his stay in this country. I have raised this with the Taoiseach before and I know it is not our remit to set an agenda for the Ponti...More Button

State Visits (Continued)

Has there been discussion or is there scope for the Pontiff to meet delegations or people from the North who might travel for such meetings? I do not know if the Taoiseach can answer that but I wi...More Button

Outside of theology, what discussions will the Taoiseach have with the Pope and what matters does he intend to raise with him? Does he propose to raise the mother and baby homes, the Magdalen la...More Button

Government-Church Dialogue

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has held recent meetings with representatives of churches and faith communities as part of the church-State structured dialogue process. More Button

I share the Taoiseach's view that these conversations are important not least because of the fact that now, as we move into the beginning of the endgame of separating church and State, there is a n...More Button

Government-Church Dialogue (Continued)

In so doing, it should be reiterated that no theological view should shape or demand expression in the laws of the land. In my view, the referendum on the eighth amendment will be seen in time as ...More Button

I am very interested to know what employment affairs were discussed, if any. The Taoiseach listed various ministerial briefs. What would be discussed under that heading? There is increasing co...More Button

European Council: Statements (Continued)

My comments will relate particularly to the Friday meeting in Article 50 format and the issue of Brexit. This Council meeting is crunch time, as I have said to the Taoiseach before. We need to se...More Button

We have had our fill of Tory playacting and game-playing. We have had enough doublespeak and dodging. What we need now is clarity and certainty. This needs to be put to the British Prime Minis...More Button

The British Prime Minister needs to understand that Ireland will not be the collateral damage in a Tory Brexit. She also needs to be reminded that the North of Ireland voted to remain and that t...More Button

The British Government cannot be allowed to hide from its responsibilities, especially when it comes to the issue of the backstop. Its tactic of playing for time while turning its face against t...More Button

To be clear, if the British Government refuses to give these assurances, we cannot wait until October to see if the sunshine and the improved mood of summer might help it to wise up. Irish polit...More Button

It cannot be allowed to happen. Make no mistake: it is the considered strategy of the British Government. It is playing for time for precisely this reason. Much is at stake and in the past two y...More Button

This meeting will be a serious and substantive test of the "Ireland first" position articulated by Donald Tusk, Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker and our Government. "Ireland first" cannot sim...More Button

I raised this matter when the European Commission President, Mr. Juncker, addressed the Houses of the Oireachtas. An annex to the backstop on the issue of citizens' rights was to be published. ...More Button