Foreign Military Aircraft in Irish Territory

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] My next question is very relevant, in geographic terms, to the Deputy Leader, who hails from an Atlantic perch located in the south west. I do not mean to precipitate any international incident but in recent weeks there has been press coverage in respect of bombers from … Continue reading

Calling on Irish Government to Intervene in Case of Asia Bibi

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] Will the Leader ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to make representations to the Pakistani Government on behalf of Asia Bibi who has been in prison for the past four years for the crime of blasphemy. I find it very offensive that in any country anywhere … Continue reading

Oppressed religious minorities in Iran and other parts of the world

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I propose to refer in passing to an extraordinary coincidence yesterday in respect of two sets of visitors to the House. The first visitors were representatives of the Amahdi branch of Islam, a widely persecuted and admired near pacifist movement within the Islamic community whose members suffer … Continue reading

Ireland’s Overseas Development Aid and Support of Family Planning in the Developing World


[Speaking in the Seanad during Matters on the Adjournmnet] Link to video of this debate: Senator John Crown: I welcome the Minister of State and wish him well in his various undertakings at present. I have had representations made to me by concerned citizens who are interested in our development aid programme and who … Continue reading

Abduction of Nigerian Children

[Speaking in the Seanad on a Motion: Abduction of Nigerian Children] As a parent with three children, including two daughters, I cannot but feel on a very human level the desperate tragedy playing out here and the uncertainty of the families of 200 children who do not know what conditions their children are being kept … Continue reading

Boycott of An Taoiseach by Boston Cathlolic Hierarchy

We will, in the coming weeks, be celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland. Also coming up soon is the 53rd anniversary of the speech President Kennedy made to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association when he was running for the presidency of the United States. He made his speech in September 1960, … Continue reading

Thoughtfulness helped Obama turn US around


President’s re-election represents a triumph for analytical politics over blind ideology On assuming office in 2009, Barack Obama was dealt a terrible set of cards, and has done a generally admirable job of damage limitation, while attempting to address the economic, political and international calamities that he inherited from his predecessor. By way of contrast, … Continue reading

Bahraini Doctors


I would like to ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to clarify what follow-up has been done on the issue of the Bahraini doctors. On 2 October it was reported that the sentences of several of these doctors were less than they had been threatened with at the time of their … Continue reading

Bahraini Doctors

Last night the US State Department expressed its concern to the Government of Bahrain regarding the fact that the appeal of the Bahraini medical staff had been rejected and that these individuals, some of whom have been given very lengthy sentences, had been reincarcerated. As Members will be aware – I am grateful to them … Continue reading

Addressing the Taoiseach in relation to the EU and Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council


This son of a Leitrim emigrant who became a taxi driver in New York is honoured to have the opportunity to address the Taoiseach in this House. I ask him to put one big picture item on his agenda for the Presidency, namely, a more fundamental investigation of the real nature of the current economic … Continue reading