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Why I’m calling for a Yes Vote on October 4th

1st October 2013 On Friday 4th October the people of Kildare North are being asked to vote in two very important referendums, one to abolish Seanad Éireann and the other to establish a Court of Appeal. I am encouraging you to vote Yes in both referendums. I

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Dáil Speech on the Abolition of the Seanad 19th June 2013

Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013 I support this Bill, which is welcome, but with mixed feelings. My mother was elected to the Seanad for a short period in 1981. She spent six or seven months in that House. Over several elections

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Dáil Speech on Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013 Thursday 23rd May 2013

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. It originates in the Abbeylara judgment in the Supreme Court in 2002. If there is criticism it should be levelled at the previous Administration which did nothing about this in the past ten years. The public was clamouring

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Dáil Speech on Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2012 Thursday 24th January 2013

I wonder, however, if the Bill is premature. One of the key elements of the recently established Constitutional Convention is to look at the electoral system and possibly change the way we vote and elect our TDs. We are probably premature in looking at this issue. As

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